NUMBER 9THURSDAY, NOVEMBER
even new reps to serveon Student Government
The votes have been tallied and 11
representatives to the MercyhurstStudent Government will be fulfillingtheir
the voices of the
dent body.^The newly elected representativesfor the 1985-86
are: MattRobaszkiewicz, commuter; LorettaLayer, English; Wendy Elmer, elementary education; Mike Burke,music;Becky Baldauf, nursing; Mary
Joseph, social work; and Don Gibbon,resident.
the three positions forfreshmen representatives were filledby Lisa Serwinski and Colleen Conned,with a six-way tie between write-in
didates for the third position. According
MSG President David Arm
there will be a run-off betweenany candidates who do not wish towithdraw from the contest.
The deadline for letters of intentfrom prospective freshmen represen
Four of the 11 new MSG reps: (I to r) Lisa Serwinski, Mary Beth Joseph,
Baldauf and Wendy Elmer.
tatives was extended by MSG from theoriginal Oct. 24 date to
Oct. 28after only two letters had been receiv
According to Barb Sayers, chairman of the election committee, no additional letters of intent were receivedduring the extended time period.
attributes this partially to poor publicity of the extension, which was passedby word of mouth.
were disappointed that there
not more letters of
by freshmen," Sayers and Arm-
The winner for the special educationrepresentative declined, according toArmstrong, leaving Theresa Kirik andBill
for the position. A
will be held if neither candidatechooses to decline.With 100 students casting
"I thought the
out was good compared to spring elections."* Armstrong agreed and wasespecially pleased
the residentturn-out."Don Gibbons had
very widemargin of
he explained.An additional question placed on theballot, solicited student opinion oncampus sororities and fraternities. According to Armstrong, there were 75votes in favor of these organizationsand 25 against.•. Positions available for math,
religious studies and sociologyrepresentatives were not
"Sincethis is the second time that these
tions have been offered, that's it," Arm-jstrong
elections are onlysupposed to be for freshmen representatives. Students in those unfilledareas have simply given up their opportunity to be represented."
Deposits nowtaken for
Florida trip 1
The bus trip to Generations last
day night was cancelled because of alack of interest, according to SACChairman Jim Trocano.
other SACnews, Trocano said that SAC will sponsor a bus trip to Ohio for this week'sfootball game against Dayton. The buswill leave Saturday at 6 a.m. and thecost will be $7. Those Interestedshould
up at the SAC office in theStudent Union..
Tonight singer-songwriter DaveRudolph will be performing in the BackPorch Cafe at 8 p.m.
Ad hoc committee Chairperson AmyWard has contacted thirteen privatecolleges in Pennsylvania to see howtheir cafeteria systems were operated.Two out of the thirteen schools did notrequire dormitory students to eat
thecafeteria. Of the schools, a few havecomputerized cafeteria systems which
be looked into by Ward.Fifty dollar deposits are being takennow for the Florida spring break trip inthe check-cashing office. Depositsshould be
by Christmas. More infor
including brochures concerning the trip, are available
the check-cashing office.Next week's meeting will be held inBaldwin Hall lobby at 7:30 p.m.
The gates of Mercyhurst
open to students of other colleges as part of the
Erie Consortium is anoption
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The Erie Consortium of Colleges, acooperative program between Mercyhurst, Gannon and Villa Maria, hadits roots in the 1960's. The goal was forthe colleges to share students,teachers and resources, to
limited extent, for the betterment of the schools.Each institution had individual visions
plans, According to Thomas
of administratron atMercyhurst, the program wasdeveloped to give students more options for education, with the collegesproviding
administrativeprocesses.Between 1973 and
efforts weremade to expand the
program,specifically with Villa, which had;relatively low enrollment. At that time,four to nine students were involved inthe exchange. In 1974, the nursing program was added as an option, whichfacilitated an increase in the number ofstudents participating.There are presently 25 students involved in the exchange. Nineteenstudents from Mercyhurst attendclasses at Villa for nursing, educationand general studies. There are alsoseven students from Villa Maria whodrive to the 'Hurst to attend classes ineducation, interior design, hotel-restaurant management,
justice, computer management communications, and biology.There is an additional programavailable of which very few studentsare aware. This is
coordinate programJn social
student can attendMercyhurst for two years and VillaMaria for two years, resulting in adegree from both colleges.In order for the program to functionmore effectively,
other options the schools have made available.First, there is a cooperative effort between
libraries of the
differentschools. This- places more librarymaterials at*
disposal of thecooperative students to aid them in
studies. Secondly, the homeschool of the students takes care of allfinancial responsibilities. According tothe Registrar's office, in order to cross-apply, a student simply fills out a
dard application of admission andcompletes a set of
sjforms. All bills are paid to the home
This allows the financial
and administrative transactions
occur at one location, which is more convenient for the student.
When a course is completed at the
college, the credit hours are
the homecottege-and*!the student's transcript. However, agrade of at least 2.0 is needed forcredits to be accepted.
The presidents and deans of theschools involved are quite active withthe program, meeting several times ayear to discuss the program and possible improvements. According to Mercyhurst Academic Dean, Dr. DavidPalmer, if enrollment in thecooperative program were largeenough, a shuttle system for studentsbetween the schools would be apossibility.
The Consortium is a useful tool forstudents who desire a certain degreenot offered on the campus of theirchoice. Also, students
need or want a course not available tothem during a certain term at their
The choices made available bythe consortium are an opportunity notmany colleges offer, and of which evenfewer students take advantage.
students want to make the most oftheir college careers. Mercyhurst
lege has made this easier by offeringthe Erie Consortium as an option for
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