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The Merciad, Nov. 12, 1982

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Carelessness IgnitesMonday Night Fire
By
Brent ScarpoA McAuley Hall resident
ac-
cidentally started
a
 fire
n
the gar-bage chute
on
Monday,November
8, at
approximately6:00
p.m.
According
to E.
William Ken-nedy, director
of
student services,there
was no
damage caused
by
the fire,
"just
the
inconvenienceof evacuating the dorm."Apparently,
the
resident drop-ped
a
match in the chute thinkingit was extinguished. The match
ig-
nited
<lhe
garbage, starting
a
minor fire
in the
chute, whichcreated smoke
on all
three floorsof the dorm.
j
The residents attempted
to put
the fire
out
with water
but
wereunsuccessful.^
1
Tom
Marconi,
second!
floorResident Assistant, immediatelyran down
to the
basement
and
opened
the
door
to the
garbagechute. Accompanied
by R.A.
Kevin Esterly, he attempted to putout
the'blaze
using
ABC
fireextinguishers.-During this
time,
the
fire
alarmswere automatically sounded
by
the smoke, which sent
a
messageto
the
fire station. Patti
Mar-
ch
win
ski,
R.A.,
dialed
the
speed
NewWinter TermRegistration
number which also called
the
firestation.
|
At
6:20 p.m.,
five
fire
truckspulled into
the
gates
of Mer-
cyhurst,
and
went
to
McAuley
Hall.Firemen
i
entered
the
north
entrance
of the
building,
and
through the use
of
fans and waterpumps, were able
to get the
fireunder control. Within
an
hour,the firemen
had
extinguished
the
fire
and
aired
out
the smoke.Fire
officials
told
The
Merciadthat they
were
very impressed withhow
the
staff
and
residentsevacuated the building.Residents were very good as
far
as keeping clear
of
the
fire
trucksand
the
speediness
of
evacuatingthe building, according
to the
R.A.'s*s
i
Most residents commented thatit
was
not a big
fire,
but there wassome concern. Students wondered
ir
they would have
to
livesomewhere else
for the
night
and
some students worried about theirclothes smelling tike smoke.Phyllis Aiello, director
of
hous-ing and safety, said,
"I
commendboth
the
staff
and
residents If
ortheir mature handling
of the
crisis.
I'm proud of both groups."Dr. David Palmer
By
Teresa
Tracy
For Winter Term, there will
be
a
new
registration
and
billingprocedure."Now that
we are
computerizedwe
can'take
advantage
of the
system
by
registering
earlier thannormal
and get
bills
out
earlier;therefore,
well
have
an
accuratemeasure
for
definite classrosters," stated
Dr.
DavidPalmer, academic dean.Dean Palmer continued
by ex-
plaining that in the past
it
was
dif-
ficult
to get a
full count
and
because
of
this lateness
it
was
dif-
ficult
to
finalize the budget.
fe
With this new procedure, thereis no pre-registration as there wasdone
in the
past. Dean Palmercalls
it "one
step registration*
*
and believes that
it
will
be
easierfor both students
and the
Registrar."It
is
important
for as
many
people
as possible
to
register dur-ing
the
first week," stressed
Palmer,
"if not
they might
be
closed
out."
The Winter
and
Spring termsare different from the Fall term inmany aspects.
The
terms
are 10
weeks
in
length instead
of
13
and
the majority
of
class
times are onehalf-hour longer. The
class
load
is
less with each student taking threecourses instead
of
four.Part-time
art
instructor!.
Tom
Hubert
and his
wife look
at
a
ceramic work
in the
current LRCart
\
exhibit
"Triflection."
The
show
features
the work
of
seniorsAna Hernandez Brandt,
Teri
Dewey
and
Mary Suehr
and can
be seen
in the LRC
throughNovember 18th.
MSG Funds
Dance Club
The
Mercy
hurst StudentGovernment voted
to
subsidize
the
'"
Dance
Club's
request
for
$500.00
to
fund their trip
to
NewYork City
at the MSG
meetingWednesday.Eighteen
MSG
membersfavored funding
the
Club whileseven opposed their request.In other
MSG
business, DaveAlexander, government relationsrepresentative, proposed
a
changebe
.made
within
the
CriminalJustice Committee.Alexander suggested
a
minority
person
be
appointed
to the
com-mittee.
MSG
representatives
ex-
pressed their viewpoints concern-ing Alexander's suggestion.Due
to the
many opinions
of
the representatives, furtherdiscussion will take place
at
{
the
next MSG meeting.Yearbook editor BrookeBuzard updated MSG
on
the
pro-
gression
of
this year's book.Because many clubs
and
teamsports were not represented in thisyear's publication, Buzard said,"this year
we
will cover
all of
Mercy hurst.Accounting representative
Jim
Steen explained
to the
represen-tatives
the
financial losses incur-red
by the
Student Governmentdue to the management
of
the
stu-dent activities
fee by the
college.The student activity
fee of
$65.00
per
student
is
currentlyplaced
in a
single bank accountwith
all
other college funds.Steen said this practice cost
the
students over $5,000.00 in interestlast year.
hj*i.
it
New
Policy
I
Committee FormedTo Select
Grad
Speaker
By
Carta AndersonThis year,
the
Mercy hurst Col-lege administration
has
asked
the
Mercyhurst Student Governmentto form
a
graduation committeeto recommend
a
speaker
for the
1983 commencement, explainedRichard Lanzilio, MSG president."The purpose
of
the committeewill be to
formulate
a
recommen-dation
for the
choice
of
gradua-tion commencement speaker,"said Lanzilio. "The recommenda-tion will then be forwarded to thecollege administration
for
'final
approval."E. William Kennedy, directorof student services, explained thatin past years the President
of
thecollege
has
selected
fthe
com-mencement speaker. But,
many
of
the past speakers were
not
well-received, stated Kennedy.
The
speaker's speeches were too iong,impersonal,
and
expensive. Ken-nedy said that in January
he
madea recommendation
.to
PresidentGarvey that
a
change was neededfor the choice
of a
speaker. Ken-nedy said he feels that the speakerfor commencement should
be so-
meone from within
the
schoolsuch
as •
faculty member.Lanzilio explained
"the ad-
ministration asked
us to
considerselecting
a
faculty member,because
a
faculty member
may
have something more pertinent
to
say
to the
graduating class thansomeone unfamiliar withMercyhurst."According
to
Kennedy,
in
pastyears $2,000
to
$3,000
has
beenalotted
for
speakers. This cost in-cluded
the
travelling expense
and
the^
stipend
for the
speaker'spresentation.
For the 1983
graduation commencement exer-
cises,
$500
has
been alotted
for a
speaker.
*
The graduation
committee 'has
met and
the
consensus seems to
be
one of two possibilities, accordingto Lanzilio.
"We
are
considering
select-ing
an
accomplished alum-
nus,
or a
speaker
of
notoriety,"stated Lanzilio.
"
Any Mercyhurstfaculty member would
be en-
joyable, but the committee feels itwould rather have someone
dif-
ferent
that?
could bring
a new
message
to
 •.
he
students,"
he
added.
*
Presently,
the
graduation com-
mittee
is
researching alumni filesand other speakers. "But, the ad-ministration
may
choose
not to
accept our choice," said Lanzilio.Members
of the
graduationselection committee
are:
RichardLanzilio. Brian Carroll,
Leann
Felmlee, Michael Smith,
Lisa
Gunther, Laura Copney, LisaCostello, Chris Curtis,
and
PattiMarchwinski, all Mercyhurst Col-lege seniors.
'*..-
*
Phone Rate
Increases
To
Affect'Hurst Students
By
John
Broderick j
Mercyhurst College studentswho either have private phone ser-vice
or use
campus
pay
phoneswill soon
be
faced with dramaticrate increases, according
to of-
ficials
at
General TelephoneCompany.Tbe General Telephone Com-pany told
The
Merciad that
it is
looking
for an
increase
in
customer
rates
effective December
27.
i
If
the
request
is
granted
in its
entirety,
it
would
increase
the
average residential phone serviceby
15
cents
a day, The
revenueswould then
be
increased
by
$31.2million annually.
£
Other increases include
a re-
quest
for an
increase
in
cointelephone
calls
from
10
cents to
25
cents,
and the late payment chargeof
1.25
percent per month
for the
unpaid balance
of a
phone bill.The Public Utility Commissionin
Harrisburg
will decide what in-creases
(if
any) will be granted
to
G.T.E.According
to a
G.T.E. pressrelease,
R.F.
Polak,
vice-president
and
general manager,said the company is seeking
addi-
tional revenue
to
offset increasedexpenses brought about by higherdepreciation rates
and to
providefor
an
adequate rate
of
return
on
its investment.He pointed
out
that deregula-tion
of the
telephone industry,coupled with technological
ad-
vances
in
equipment, mean thatthe company must invest
in new
equipment more rapidly
to
meetcustomer requirements
for new
and better service.Service increases will also covertouch tone calling, technicianrepair,
and
basic"
phoneinstallation.
*
 
PompOrCircumstance?
This year, the method of selecting a speaker for the MayCommencement exercises
is
different from the process used inpast years.Previously, speakers such as
poet/author
Samuel Hazo,Roman Catholic Priest and congressman Fr. Drinnan, andSenator William
Proxmire
were chosen by the college presi-dent, at budgets set between
$2,500
and $3,000.Recently, the Mercyhurst administration has requested thatthe Student Government form a committee of seniors torecommend a commencement speaker for the 1983 gradua-tion ceremony. The committee was instructed to accomplishwith two stipulations:
first,
to operate under a reduced budgetof $500; and second, to consider as the speaker someone frominside the college, presumably a Mercyhurst faculty member.Some reasoning does exist for the administration's desire tohave a faculty member at the podium
onlMay
29. Someprevious commencement speakers may have entertainedtopics which were of little interest to the graduates. A facultymember who knows the college and its students well may beable to relate better to the class of 1983 than someone fromoff-campus. Also, speakers of notoriety tend to be more ex-pensive than local ones.The Merciad has recently learned that the MSG committeeassigned to the task of choosing a speaker will
recommend
that someone from inside the school not be selected.
Instead,
the committee will recommend either a distinguished alumnusor someone else of notoriety.The decision of
the
committee
is
not a reflection on the col-lege faculty. As a group, the instructors are energetic, in-dustrious, and selfless with brilliant intellects and approachesin
the
classroom. But they are encountered daily. Besides fill-ing students with knowledge, many of them share theirwisdom through speeches at campus dinners or gatherings,Egan
Scholaf*Apres
Diners, the "Good Morning World"breakfast series, among other educational outlets.The committee is justified in suggesting that either adistinguished
Mercyhurst*
alumnus or an individual of somenotoriety be the commencement speaker. They feel, andrightly so, that the gfaduating class would prefer a speakerwhom they don't encounter everday - someone who is newand different to them.A graduating class deserves a commencement ceremonywhich both reminds them of their past four years through thepresence of their fellow students and faculty members, butthey are also entitled to be exposed to the ideas, advice, andcommentary of a commencement speaker from outside thegates of Mercyhurst - someone from the world to which theyare embarking.
The
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Dear Editor,
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Does Mercyhurst have analcohol problem? When I readthis article at first it really didn'tbother me but
J then H
began tothink, and I became more angry.Let's first
be
serious.
Do
people
write these kinds
of
articles just
toget responses? When I think ofMercyhurst
I
certainly don't thinkof alcohol, that's for sure.Mercyhurst is a setting where,
yes,
parties
do go on
and
believe
itor not
alcohol
is
consumed,
but asfar as being a problem or not, Isay no. On weekends sure somepeople get drunk, some may falldown maybe a few overdo it butas far as I'm concerned
we
have
alot to be thankful for. A couple
J)oop\*bcrrM
people vomit in stairways and,
yes,
maybe two
orfthree
peoplemay urinate on Founder'sBuilding but
if
you
ask
me,
if this
is all
that
ever
happens
to the
Mer-
cyhurst Community as a result ofdrinking, we have a lot
<to
bethankful for.Let's look around at statisticsof other college campuses, somemay be bigger or . smaller, butrape, murder, and other
seriousproblems take place
and
it's scary.
As
far
as
Mercyhurst
is
concernedwe really haven't had that manymajor problems and that's onething we all can be thankful for.Sincerely,Kathy
Kohnke
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Opinion". Allletters must besigned and shouldcontain an addressor telephonenumber to be usedfor verification
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By Any Other Name.
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By
Richard
Lanzillo
The term j*'university" hastraditionally placed a certainmystique upon the institutionsthat have had the distinction ofbearing this title. Most of us con-note "universities" with greatestablishments such as Harvard,Yale, Columbia, PennsylvaniaState, and the University of Penn-sylvania, to name a few.
We
thinkof extensive research facilities,PhD programs, leading faculty,and Division One football teams.Unfortunately, for many pro-spective college students, "univer-sity* also means "huge" and im-personal, therefore many studentsopt for smaller colleges whenchoosing an institution of higherlearning. This was the rationalefor many of
us
who find ourselvesat
Mercy
hurst. In the finalanalysis, small classes, facultyavailability and a
friendly
at-mosphere were preferred to theprestige of university status..'.A few years ago, there
Was
nota "university" in the Erie area. Itis true that Behrend College is abranch campus of PennsylvaniaState University but Behrend
vis
still only a small part of
the
largerwhole. In 1980 the Erie situationchanged with the transition ofGannon "College" to Gannon"University". When this changeoccurred, I wondered how I could
haver
missed
thet
dramaticmetamorphosis of a
small
Eriecollege to the greatness of univer-sity status, I drove to PerrySquare to take a closer look. Notsurprisingly, there were no newresearch
facilities.
{
In
fact, theredid not seem to be any physicalchange in the area at all, exceptfor slightly more pigeon manureon the modern art sculptures.Maybe, I wondered, Gannon hadbeen some sort of "closet"university and they were just nowproclaiming their greatness. ButRichard Lanzillothe, whole situation still did notseem legitimate.
Sure
it
is true
thatGannon has a fine faculty andgood programs but so does Mer-cyhurst "College" and VillaMaria "College".The end result of my visit toPerry Square
was
the
shattering
of
myt
predispositions about thenature of universities. Obviously,there is a certain criteria foruniversity status and Gannon hasfulfilled that criteria. Thus enter-ing the ranks of other relativelyprestigious institutions,'As time has passed, we havecome to take for granted
'the
presence of one "university" inthe area.
But get
ready, Gannon isabout to be joined by another"university": Edinboro
'\
State.Yes, Pennsylvania is
going?to
astate university system, thusemerges State University of Edin-boro,PA. This time
I
won't wasteany gasoline by taking a trip toEdinboro to hunt
for*
changes(pigeons don't fly that Tar southanyhow). This change also appliesto the other Pennsylvania stateschool schools such as SlipperyRock, Clarion, "Kutztown,etc...
-
I realize that my initial descrip-tion of
the classic
"university' wassomewhat superficial and stereotypical, yet it was a statuspreviously not granted as ablanket proclamation.It appears that it is now vogueto become a university. Like somany distinctions, universitystatus has been
^
stripped of itsmeaning and become just anotherstatus symbol.Some people say that Mer-cyhurst* should rush to fulfill
whatever
criteria necessary tobecome a "university". With thisI must disagree. When everyonehas jumped on the bandwagon,
we
can enjoy the distinction of
be-
ing a "college" amongst a bunch
of
plain old "universities".
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Fr.
GreeleyTo Lecture
Khalid Massoud
Father Andrew Greeley will bespeaking at Mercyhurst on Thurs-day, December 2, at 8:00 p.m. inZurn Recital Hall. Tickets are$1.00.
i
Father Greeley is a priest,sociologist, journalist, and anovelist.He has been a priest of the Ar-chdiocese of
Chicago
for
27
years,and does weekend parish work.Among Greeley's religiouspublications is the new catechismcalledThe Bottom Line.As a sociologist, he is a pro-fessor at the University ofArizona, and a Senior Fellow atthe National Opinion ResearchCenter in Chicago. Greeley'swork focuses on religion, ethnici-ty, and Catholic Education. Hismost recent sociologicalmonographs are Religion: ASecular Theory and The ReligiousImagination.
"
Greeley's column is syndicatedin more than one hundredCatholic and secular papers. Hisarticles have appeared in journalssuch as the New 'York TimesMagazine, Harper's, and-
Women's
Day.According to Rich Lanzillo,student government president,Father Greeley
will
give a lectureon The Catholic Young Adult."Greeley is the most recognizedspeaker in the lecture series. Weare looking forward to a very in-teresting lecture. I hope the Mer-cyhurst Community takes advan-tage of this opportunity," statedLanzillo.
"I
think everyone should makean
effort
to hear Fahter Greeleyspeak
on
The Catholic YoungAdult," said Wydetta a Carter,chairperson of the special projectscommittee.
J
Due to limited seating, reserva-tions are being taken in the MSGoffice. The Mercyhurst communi-
ty is being
given the first chance toreserve seats. November
IS
reser-vations will be open to the Eriecommunity as well.
Beg Your Pardon
Due to a printing error, theSkippereno's coupon in lastweek's Merciad was incorrect.The expiration
date on the
couponwas given as "11/11/92". Thecoupon will not be honored until1992. It expired on November
11,
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