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The Merciad, Nov. 11, 1983

The Merciad, Nov. 11, 1983

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Warner Stage Set For Ballet Performance
Video Room
RulesAccepted
The Mercyburst StudentGovernment welcomed nine newmembers in last Sunday's weeklymeeting. The most recent
ap-
pointed
representatives
werechosen in last week's election.These people will serve asrepresentatives through the
end
of |May, when spring government
J
elections are conducted.
;
In other business
*at
themeeting, Cathy Martz was ap-proved as elections committeechairperson to replace AmyGroover, who resigned foracademic reasons.The government also gave itsunanimous support for AntoinneThompson's guidelines of rulesand responsibilities in the videoroom, located in the basement ofZurn Hall. The rules state that no
more
than
ten
people in the. room
at
one time and a
committee
representative
must
be present toset up and break down the roomafter an activity occurs. Otherrules state that no alcoholicbeverages are allowed, and alldamages are charged to the groupthat is responsible for any givenactivity. Sign-up for the room isscheduled for one day in advanceof
the
planned activity, and no x-rated movies are permitted.The cost of using the room isrental of a video cassette tape,ranging from $3 to $6, plus a
SI
service charge. All sign-ups willtake place
in
the SAC
office.at
posted hours.Finally, a reception, organizedby vice president Kathy
O'Con-
ner, followed in the video room inorder to get acquainted with thenine new representatives.By
Martha Camp
MERCIAD Assistant EditorWeber Hall has rarely been va-cant in recent weeks as the DanceDepartment, prepares!
for?
theirFall Concert at Erie's historicalWarner Theatre.On Monday, November 14, thedancers will be performing beforean audience of over 2,500, to pre-sent the world premiere of Im-pressions, and the departmentstaging of a classic, 19th centuryballet, Giselle.
|
"I think it will be a better con-cert than last year, both technical-ly and artistically," DepartmentDirector Lawrence Jones said.A preliminary 'performance'was held in the form of an openrehearsal during
^Alumni
Weekend.
f ',
"It was a nice opportunity,"Jones said. "I have a lot of newdancers and it was a chance to seehow' they
*
respond
i
to anaudience.""Our dancers have come fromall over
the
country,each
with
dif-
ferent styles," he explained.Another addition to the depart-
ment 'this year .has
been
an I
in-
creased number of male dancers."It's'/a!, first for
Mercy
hurst tohave a group of very talentedmales who are strong dancers andstrong partners, Jones said.Also adding variety to the per-formance will be
the
guest cameosof several Mercyhurst faculty andadministration in Giselle.Jones refrained from namingthe
'guest
stars' but said, "You'llhave to buy a ticket to find out.Seeing some of
them
will be worththe price of admission." With thefaculty stars, the Giselle cast willinclude over 50 people.
A
"This is the largest cast we'veever put together," Jones said.Concerning Giselle, as well as aperformance
with
the mostelaborate sets and costumes.A story of young love andbetrayal set on the banks of theRhine, the Mercyhurst
v
perfor-mance of Giselle will be a uniquestaging of this haunting ballet,Jones explained.The interpretation will be acombination of the choreographyof the Bolshoi, American BalletTheatre and Ballet Rousseau ver-sions. It
was
(staged by Jonesfollowing ballerina
Tarda
Karina.The young lovers will be por-trayed by Kim Ries and JohnMuzic. The voice of reason -
Hilarion > ;
will be danced byfreshman Craig Conner.Preceding Giselle will be the
first-ever
performance of Impres-
Nine MSG Reps.Elected To Serve
Nine new Student GovernmentRepresentatives, including threefreshmen, were elected last weekto serve on
MSG
for the 1983-84school year.Elected to serve the freshmanclass were: Denis Dunn, BarbSayers, and write-in candidateChris Alessi.
«
The new representatives all saidthat they wanted to be in govern-
ment
to
ensure proper
representa-tion of their class.
~
Particular goals for the newrepresentatives includedreinstating the yearbook and in-creased activities for the class as awhole.
*
"I think that one of
the
big ob-jectives of any government is tohave unity among its consti-tuents," said Denis Dunn, ex-pressing hope to unite thegovernment.In a rare
electoral
feat, ChrisAlessi defeated a fourth freshmancandidate in a write-in campaign.Saying he had planned to run allalong, Alessi commented that hewanted to be one of the freshmanrepresentatives in order to getmore involvement for the class asa whole in the Mercyhurstcommunity.
*
"I
wanted to make sure thefreshmen were
.represented
ingovernment," new representativeBarb Sayer added.
^i
In addition to the freshmenrepresentatives,
six'majors
were
also
elected
in
last week's election.In the two contested races,junior Grace Ricci won out in arun-off election for the positionof Dietetics representative."I don't think I'm on campusenough, and being involved inMSG keeps
me
involved in what'sgoing on around campus," Riccisaid.In the other race, InteriorDesign major Cindy Gerensteinobtained the representative posi-
tion
for the.
Fas hi
on
Merchandising-Interior
Designmajors.
W
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&
-v.
f
I
nt.
JK
John Muzic
WMV>M-
Kim Riessions, a ballet choreographed byJones to showcase the talents ofthe Mercyhurst Dance Ensemble.Staged around theRachmaninoff score of "Rhap-sody on a Theme of Paganini,"the work is fast-paced and lively*.It centers around the dancing ofnine couples.
*
Jones said
he is
pleased with therehearsals during this final weekof preparation.
%
He
stressed
the need for sup-port of
the-performance
by theMercyhurst community, explain-ing that the conceit date waschanged no November 14 fromNovember 19 in, order to allowmore students to attend
before
theThanksgiving Break.
• rift*.
•§*
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^Tickets
for the ballet are $2.50for the Mercyhurst community,and
$
1.00
to Mercyhurst studentswith I.D. Tickets can be purchas-ed at the Dance Department BoxOffice in Weber'Hall.Shuttleswill be provided
the
evening of theperformance for those who needtransportation.
1
«
MSG reps., Top: Cindy Gerenstein,
Barb
Haley, Heather Powers andGrace Ricci. Bottom: Dennis Dunn,
Barb Sayers and Chris
Alessi.The other four representativeselected will represent the majorsof Nursing, Biology,
Dance)
andSecretarial Management."I wanted to get involved andI'm a commuter," explained Nur-sing major Barb Haley."I wanted to get
Involved
too,"agreed Dancer Heather Powers."I think that the Dance Depart-ment needs to be brought to theattention of the school, and needsto be well-represented in govern-
ment
in order to have a voice."Representing the Biology ma-jors,will be junior Cindy White,and the Secretarial Management
students will have a
line to govern-ment through major
Kathryn
Skarupski. Both students wereunavailable for comment on theelection at press time.
 
Fromthe
1
Editor^
Desk
Q
Discrepancies Cited
In
Academic Honesty Policy
Since winter term 1983,
Mercy
hurst Student Government(MSG) has been examining academic policies
at
I
the
college,along with other business.
h*
The topic of extensive discussion since last
year
lis theAcademic Honesty Policy. This policy states, "students are ex-pected to contribute actively to the development of an at*mosphere of academic integrity. Mercyhurst College assumes,therefore, that
students
will not resort to plagiarism or any otherform of academic dishonesty. Students found guilty of academicdishonesty will automatically; receive a grade of 0.0 in thecourse," as defined in the 1983-84 Mercyhurst Catalog.But, the Academic Honesty Policy as stated in the 1983-84Student Directory
in*
the
section Student
Code
of Rights
andS
Responsibilities says, "any student found guilty of academic^dishonesty shall automatically receive a grade of F (0.0)." The
|
Student Directory version of
the
policy
doesn't
state whether
the *j
0.0 would be the grade given for the course, or the grade on thespecific exam or quiz that a student is caught cheating
on J
This discrepancy has caused* upheaval and much debate
in^
MSG in past months.!
«„^^^_^^^^^^^^^^^^_^_-
*
The
MSGwrepresentatives
last year and this year concludedthat
the
Academic Honesty Policy should be more clearly defin-
ed.
Feedback from other students and teachers also recognizedthat a problem of cheating exists on the campus.
A
M-
W
«-
Spring term 1983, at the government meeting on March 14, amotion
was
passed to forward a
letter
to the administration con-cerning the Academic Honesty Policy. The MSG letter recom-mended that: 1. a consistent academic honesty code should bepresented to the students and followed in all cases; 2. endorsingthe idea of a proctor pool; and 3. testing in Zurn Recital Hall,Zurn classrooms
114,214,314
and
Main
200
should
have
at
least
ptwo
proctors supervising all test situations.
;
'
The letter was forwarded to the administration on March
14,
1983,
with these recommendations. According to Dave Robin-
son,
MSG president, the administration still hasn't taken any
ac-
tion, or replied to the letter they received. Even though studentgovernment
hasn't
received a reply from the administration foreight months, the body is still working to rectify the situation.Currently, the general consensus
of J
the
student body,
asreported by most of the representatives, is that some sort ofpercentage system should be implemented concerning the issueof cheating. Therefore, at the October 30 MSG meeting the mo-tion,
"if
cheating occurs on any given quiz, test, paper, etc., thestudent should fail
the'course
(with
a
E
grade of 0.0)" wasdefeated.The recommendation developed by the MSG representativesnow states, "if caught in the act of cheating on a test worth 20percent or more of the class total grade,
failure
of
the
course forthe term is enforced. Cheating on any test or project worth lessthan 20 percent of the final grade will result in failure of thatparticular test." This recommendation will be discussed, review-
ed and
voted on
at the MSG
meeting
this
Sunday at 7:30 p.m., in
114
Zurn. Students should attend this meeting and voice theiropinion about the policy. After all, it
effects
everyone. If therecommendation is passed by MSG, it will be forwarded to theAcademic Policies Committee (a branch of the Senate), for fur-ther discussion and a decision.
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THE
LAND OF
THE FREE AND
THE'
H0ME
OF THE
3CAVE
*
THE MERCIAD welcomesthe expressions of its readersin "Your Opinion." All let-ters must be signed andshould contain an address
or
telephone
number
to be usedfor
verification;purposes
on-ly. Contributions will beedited for grammatical orspelling errors. Letters mustbe
submitted
by noon onTuesdays
-preceding
publication.
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Karen MerkleFeature Editor
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.........Mary Jo AllenSports Editor
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...............Stephanie HultbergPhoto Editor Rich ForsgrenCopy Editor ..........................Chuck StraubCopy Editor Grace RicciBusiness Manager .......
.Darlene
NolanBusiness Sales Jack HollandCirculation Mgr. Amy
Wood
worthCartoonist Mathew DuskaCartoonist Tim HohAdvisor
..................Mr.
Richard Garcia
Reporters: DarleneNolan,Amy Woodworth, Chuck Straub,. Brent Scarpo Debbie Hison, Chris Chmielewski,. Wydetta Carter, Barb Gaydos, Greg Yoko, Naomi
*{j ,;.
Romanchok,Lisa Riforgiato, Jack HollandTypists:
Rena
Zicarelli, Jacqueline PerezPhotos:
Fred
Fiedler, Elaine Norton
The itwtod
is the
student-edited
newspaper of Mercyhurst College,
501
East 38Street. Erie, Pennsylvania 16546. The
M«rclad
office Is located In the basement ofBaldwin Dormitory, Phone: 825-0376. The
Mateled
Is printed by Brown-Thompsonnewspapers
In
Union
City, Pennsylvania.
After
eight
months of investigation, hopefully the Academic graduates.Policy Committee members will take the
MSG
proposal serious-ly. Something needs to be done immediately to clear this mac-curacy at the college. It's hard to believe that the administrationhas left such an important student code hanging without beingclearly defined in both publications.In addition, another inaccuracy between the Student Direc-tory and the 1983-84 Mercyhurst Catalog also exists. The direc-tory states,
"only
disciplinary action may be appealed to theStudent Policies Committee for final action," but the catalogstates, "disciplinary action may be appealed to the AcademicPolicies Committee for final disposition."Many people would-be confused because the publicationsrefer to two different committee bodies, when in actuality,disciplinary action may be appealed to the Academic PoliciesCommittee.,, A
Student;Policies
Committee, made up of
just
students as the term
implies,-doesn't
even exist at Mercyhurst.It's time for the college to revise
the
Academic Honesty Policyand pay attention to the voice of the students through MSG,concerning the policy. Keep in mind that the motive behind stu-dent government's effort is to produce quality Mercyhurst
Haveanice break
The next issueThe Merciadwill appear on
Friday,December 2
THE
MERCIAD
 
"How
Do You FeelAbout The AcademicHonesty Policy?
9
0.
"If
you cheat once, you arecapable
of
cheating again,You should flunk the class."'
Mike Lowe
"I don't
think it's fair thatyou fail the whole class. If itwas a big part of the class, like
a major
test,
you should
fail,
but with a
quiz*
you shouldjust fail that particular
quiz*"
Yolanda
Hunter
**/
don
*t
think for a little quiz,you should fail the entire class.I can see
it
for a major test or a
paper,
but
I
think it's a littleharsh for a
quiz."
Days
Alexander
"They need to make standards
-
a lot of kids are\ gettingthrough college without doingtheir own work and that's the
sad
part about it."
Bill Wheeler
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By
Maree-
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The recent
speech by
Dr. JohnStoessinger as part of the col-lege's 1983-1984 Lecture Seriescould not have
been
presented ata {better time. His discussionconcerning the educationalmediocrity of our politicalleaders
\
opens up a Pandora'sBox of problematic situations tobe addressed,
*
while his inter-pretation of the serious escala-tion of the United States' visiblerole in foreign affairs forces usto stand back and take a long,hard look at where we stand asindividuals in our nation today.Stoessinger alluded to an anti-intellectualism, or what he term-ed as "disrespect* for the life of
the
mind,"
as a
strong
current
inthe mainstream
\
of Americanpolitics today.
"He
used variousexamples where Americanleaders have not only surround-ed themselves with colleagueswho are tremendously unin-formed, but
have led the
countryinto volatile world situations inwhich they command completeignorance. But
iworld
affairsshow that we can no longer af-ford to be complacent. Dr.Stoessinger's speech emphasizedsome disturbing trends thatmany
people
tend to Want to ig-nore when dealing
withi
what
some see as
the endless stream ofnuclear war rhetoric. He men-tioned a poll he completed at aNew York City College at whichhe formerly taught. Eighty per-cent of
his
students believed thatthey would die in a nuclear warby the year 2000. Perhaps thisexample demonstrates insimplistic terms that world af-fairs have been pushed to such aserious point that
the
inevitabili-ty of
worlds
eradication,
is
notsuch a radical thought
1
to someAmericans. The Harvardgraduate also mentioned nuclear"overkill," or how many timesover we
cant
destroy another na-tion; it
is
in such illogical terms.
fe-
^Vff
Maree-Lynn
Ciconhe, states, that
we are
building upour nuclear arsenal.
At some stage we. begin to
look at our role as an individualin all of this. Do we actuallybelieve we have a viable
one?
Have we "met the enemy . . .
and do we realize
that'' .
.
.
it
is
us?"
Dr. Stoessinger made aninteresting observation concern-
»
mg
college students. It is hisbelief that that particular age
group is hidden
away in
a
selfishgeneration. During the lecture,the idea of mandatory govern-mental service
by the
citizenry indifferent nations led to an in-teresting thought. Stoessingerproposed the concept
of'a
oneyear conscription for America's
young
adults in civic duty,whether it be military, culturalor social service. Is it a selfishgeneration
"which
would not bewilling to give it's nation a yearin constructive human servicewhich would even be other thanmilitary?" It would be in-teresting to see the willingnesson the part of the Americanpublic to comply*
with
such a
plan .H
A question 'remains: are weaware of the great civic respon-sibility of education which facesus
today?
Perhaps,the idea ofnot only recognizing, but accep-ting our inadequacies and ig-norance of political affairs is thelogical one.
It's time to
begin ex-amining our goals and expecta-tions, and to accept suchchallenges which face
us.
It
is nolonger possible for
us.
as in-dividual citizens to stay in ourown cocoon, shielding ourselves
from world, affairs. Responsible
accountability is our only hope.Editor's "note: Maree-LynnCicon
is a 1983
graduate of Mer-cy hurst College. She is currentlyDorm Director of Baldwin Halland an Administrative Intern inthe Alumni Relations Office.
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