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The Merciad, Jan. 30, 1986

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VOLUME
59,
NUMBER 15
StudentServices Directorissues position paper onfraternity - sorority issue
THURSDAY, JANUARY
30,1986
By Betsy LantzFraternities. Do they belong on Mer-cy hurst's campus? Would the socialbenefits to the college communityoutweigh the problems these organiza-tions have created elsewhere?
"No,"
responds Mercyhurst's Direc-tor of Student Services
E.
William
Ken-
nedy, in a position paper on socialfraternities which he presented to thePresident's Board of Associates inDecember.
^^^^—i—
of Student Services
B S
E. William Kennedy
I? "I
limited my research to the
pur-
poses of fraternities as related to thepurposes of highereducation/'
Ken-
nedy
said.
"I read
114
articles
on
frater-nities • all of them negative.
11
^
"Although
I
went Into
my-research
from a neutral, almost positive stand-point,
I
now think the college would bea better college without fraternities,"he continued. "I don't have analyticalproof for this; it's just my perception."
In
his paper, Kennedy
acknowledges
the advantages to a college that frater-nities
can
provide: improved social life,
increased
retention of students,lasting linkage between alumni and theInstitution, opportunities to holdleadership positions, provision ofpublic service projects, and creation ofan atmosphere that facilitates adjust-ment to college life. 1Despite these benefits, within the
past-six
years Amherst, Williams andColby
^Colleges
have banned
fraters
nities, organizations that had been apart of these institutions for over 140years. "In reaching my conclusions,
I
was most
influenced
by Colby
Col-
lege's reasons for eliminating frater-nities,"Kennedy
said.
Articles
In
theMar.
7,
1984
issue of The Chronicle of
Higher Education
explore both the
Col-
by
and.Amherst decisionsjto
abolishfraternities in an attempt to "improveresidential life."
U With
respect, to
Mercy
hurst,
Ken-
nedy outlines three disadvantages thatfraternities would present both to thestudents and the college. According toKennedy, fraternities usually requireinitiation fees of $126 to $225 with ad-ditional costs of $150 to $250 per yearto cover dues, national assessmentsand house maintenance fees. Hewrites, "At Colby College, members
of
Tau Delta Phi spent another $100 to$150 per
member
per year for parties.These amounts are conservative, butsignificant
on*a
campus with 80
per-
cent of its enrollment receiving sometype of financial aid."
J.
*
A second problem involves housing.As Kennedy reports, the only realisticoption for the college would be to useone
of""
the.four Baldwin Garden(Briggs) apartment complexes italready owns, or to purchase the fourremaining buildings north of the
col-
lege's property to be used as fraternityhousing. "The Investment for the col-lege would be over one million dollars.This may be a financial burden versusthe advantages of a fraternity,"
Ken-
nedy writes.
|
He continues to point out that othercolleges may "use" fraternities to pro-vide alternative housing. But
si nee
Mercy hurst only houses 230 male up-perclassmen, a fraternity house wouldbe in competition with the school forresidents.
"The
only condition thatwould make this feasible is a 25 per-cent
increase
of male residents,"
Ken-
nedy
Estates, "but the demographicpredictions for the
18
to .22 year oldmarket show a declining
pool."
"The
last
and most
serious objec-tion to a fraternity at Mercyhurst is therecent court decisions relating to
col-
lege liability and alcohol abuse,'*
Ken-
nedy reports. Such decisions "haveheld colleges responsible for
liability
related to Incidents of underage drink-
ing."
He explains, " Fraternitiesoperate with a code of silence andorganization that defies enforcementof reasonable rules and regulations.Aggressive implementation of analcohol policy is much more difficulton a campus with fraternities
than
on a
campus without
them." i
I
Kennedy also believes that frater-nities would serve as a "divisive" forcewithin the student body;
however,*a
study conducted at Bucknell Universi-ty, which he quotes In his research,found this not to
be
the case.
The
samestudy
did find
"that the
values
of
frater-
nities
andv
sororities were contradic-tory to the values espoused by the
faculty."
| Ip J |
"A fraternity
is
an organization
whose
purpose appears to
be
the provi-sion of brotherhood and parties,"
Ken-
nedy
said.
In his paper he states thatany serious advantages provided by
W
^"1
Another heavy snowfall blanketed
ihe
campus Ibis week.
Burke awardedarts'fellowship
By Chris Alessi
^
Daniel Burke, director of art at Mer-cyhurst College, was recently awardeda $5,000 fellowship
for;
his painting.Awarded annually by the PennsylvaniaCouncil on the Arts, the fellowship
eiv
compasses
six
areas of visual arts
in-
cluding photography, sculpture, in-stallation works, book works, criticismand
painting.? *r
One of only six painters to be giventhe fellowship, Burke stated that winn-ing the award carries no stipulation forexhibiting or completing a certainnumber of paintings. "The grant Is
Daniel Burke* standing next to one ofrecent works.
fraternities can be realized throughother avenues. "On a small, personalcampus such as Mercyhurst, the disad-vantages seem to clearly outweigh theadvantages," he concludes.
^Students
will
have
the opportunity to
voice*their
opinions on the fraternityissue in an open forum to
be
held atthe Feb. 2 meeting of the MercyhurstStudent Government. The meeting willbe held in the lobby of Baldwin Hall at7:30 p.m. f
I
simply to allow for
'creative
work'," heexplained."I'm currently working on
museumsize works in
the neighborhood of
10
to12 feet," Burke added.
*g2
3*
??
fc Eligibility rules do exist, however,for fellowship applicants. AH in-dividuals must be professional artists
with,
serious career commitments.Theyr must also be Pennsylvaniaresidents with a minimum of threeyears
In
the art
field.
Burke stated
that^500
applicationswere accepted by the Oct., 1985,deadline,
and'that
the award
is
forfiscal year '85-'86. This past year, thecouncil granted a total of
$70,000
toPennsylvania artists.
u
Burke has received much attention
over
the years for his artistic
endeavors,'He
has won
21
national andinternational: art awards! includingMainstream's Award of ExoeUence, theChautauqua Art Association Awardand honors at the Greater New OrleansInternational Exhibition.Since 1973, he has been listed
In
Who's Who In American Art Interna-tional Directory of the Arts
and
Interna-tional Who's Who
In
Art
ahd
Antiques,along
with
many other publications.
$
Burke, a member of the Mercyhurstcommunity for the past;
17
years,
Is
presently asking for donations for hisartwork. He is in need of pieces of oldleather, of
any-shape
or size, ahd oldumbrellas. He can
be*
contacted
at
8254381.
|
if
I
Inside
I
HSMA||tAMpgi2
Photof |1
I
Opinion.M...k)g. 3ie|teii£4--^P9-
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PAGE
2THE
MERCIAD
JANUARY
30,1986
Pittsburgh sales blitz gives HSMAstudents professional experience
By Jean
Kellick
"It was a big success for thestudents. We were able torepresent
Mercyhurst
as pro-fessionals in the Industry,"said Craig Medvid, president
Of
the college's chapter of theHotel Sales and MarketingAssociation (HSMA), inreference to the organization'srecent sales blitz.
*$
From Jan. 20-23, a group of12 students from the HotelRestaurant ManagementDepartment visited Pitt-
sburgh.
The students went towork for the Hyatt Hotellocated in Chatham
Center,
The blitz was centered aroundupcoming renovations plann-ed for the hotel from Junethrough September of 1986.Medvid also stated, "Part ofthe success was the valuableIndustry experience." TheHyatt Corporation set a goalfor the students of 700 calls tolocal businesses over a periodof two days, which thestudents were able to surpassby nine visits. The HSMA feelsconfident they will be askedback again, according to
Med-
vid.
The group included: MikeFazio, Scott Donnelly,
Susan
Durante, Ann Colvin, AndrewLucchino, Jackie Keller, Craig
Medvid,
Tim
Mulhull,
BillPetrel
la,
Kerry
Putnam*
AmyWard and Mary Lynn Portzer.In addition to the group
goal,
Individual achievementswere awarded. The sub groupwith the greatest number ofcalls Included Donnelly, Wardand Petrella. The highestnumber of Individual calls wasmade by
Ward,
while the mostcalls
for
catering were madeby Keller. The largest numberof calls for group businesseswent to Medvid,
and-Mulhull
made the most calls to travelagencies. -5
*
This blitz was
different
fromothers made by the HSMA inseveral ways. Because nofaculty accompanied the
group,
It
was especiallychallenging. The studentswere on their own to make"cold calls." In this oase, allbusiness, rooms, catering andbanquets were personallysolicited by the students.In the past, the departmenthas dealt with the MarriottCompany. This was the firsttime Mercyhurst has beenassociated with the Hyatt Cor-poration because they havenever recruited on campusbefore last year. Impressedwith
the
records of
1985graduate, Tracy
Tyiman,
thepersonnel director of the Pitt-sburgh Hyatt came toMecyhurst to* investigate theHRM program. Medvid madecontact with the company andfinalized plans for the blitzover Christmas break.The group's agenda washectic. The students weregiven a welcome receptionwhen they arrived on Mondaynight and had the chance tomeet the people with whomthey would work. The Hyattprovided free accomodationsfor all
students? T * * r
At Tuesday morning'sbreakfast, an organizationalmeeting took place where thestudents went over plans anddivided themselves into subgroups. Downtown Pittsburghwas split
Into
four sections,with three students responsi-ble for each section. At theend of the day the groups
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ed
in call sheets which toldwhere they had been, whomthey talked with and what kindof services the firms
desired
or could use from the hotel.Wednesday morning studentgroups were given differentassignments. One group madesales calls in the suburbs,another at the
offices
of theUniversity of Pittsburgh,another
in
Monroeville and thefourth went to the Greentree insouth Pittsburgh."It was my first blitz," saidAnn Colvin.
I
was nervous inthe beginning but the ex-perience was definitely wor-jthwhile." Medvid said on oneof his calls, he ran into anothergraduate of Mercyhurst. "Itwas amazing to run intoanother person who went toMercyhurst, especially sincewe're such a small school."Fortunately for Lucchino,his worst problem was
finding
the elevators in one of the of-fice buildings in Pittsburgh. "Ihad to ask the same recep-tionist for directions twice,"he
said.
The trip concluded Wednes-day night
*
with
*
a banquetwhere all the achievementawards were presented. Allthose involved felt the blitzwas a good experience andworth the trip. Concluded Pitt-sburgh
native
Lucchino, "Be-ing from Pittsburgh,
I
knewbetter how to confront thebusinesses. The Hyatt people
were
(great, they treated uswell and would help in any waypossible.*! felt we conductedourselves* appropriately,especially
with
no professorsaccompanying us. We got areal feel for the industry."
IJsreal
honored
byj
Rhodes nomination
| Jo-Ann
Isreal,
seniorpolitical science major, wasrecently nominated for theprestigious! Rhodes
Scholarships *||
washonored to
Denominated
seeing
aslfnoughithere are
only a certain number ofnominations from the coun-
tr>|and
a
certairlnumbeppf
nominations from
Penn-
sylvan a^Ke saidi
m
fEfenfffl dtdoTlget
tostudy in England, it washelpful to be recognized,*
shejstated..
fj ;§§ fIf
s
reai
t
who wasnominated
lor tie
scoter-
ship by
Dr> Davidp|ten|of
the political science depart-
mer|§
has a
cgl*'**
background
In
serving theMercyhurst community*
Jo
Ann IsreaJ
She fiaslbeen
a member ofstudent
govern|hentS|for
three
years asJthe
politicalscience
representative J
Asa sophomore she was amember of the CollegeSenate and a
coxswatnffor
the women's! crew|
teamjHer|3.7f CfpJIl
has earnedher a spot on the
Dean'sLfet|for|each
year she hasbeen at Mercyhurst.
Wl
I
The
NewMlersey
native,who now resides
ifc
Arizona,was
p
feandldate ft
or She
Ttuman
Scholarship
hem
sophopnore^ear^Thi^ear,
as a senior, she is a
R.AB
Baldwin
Sail|and
jmslbe«l|
honole<Mtl&eing
namedto
Whofs Who Among
Students
In Aim erica
n
Collegerand Universities
J
I Isrealf
s
curref$y|appivi
ing to
law|schoot|pw$h
anInterest!
In
|corporate lawg
She
cites
her present in-ternship with an
Erie
at-torney! as
the I
best ex|
perience
she
has had in herfour
years
of college. Whileworking for
thai;
assistant
|district
attorney, she hasgotten a flavor for bothprivate practice and D.A.work. Though it takes upmost of
h^r
time
this
term,she feels she has been
exfj
posed to a variety of areaswithin the legal system by
doing
tegai
research,
orief-!
ing cases and
^attending
court heaiings| J
| §ilShe
concluded^
that itwas rare
fof af smaller
col-
lege|p|ke
Mercyhurst
|b
have fcoth a female and a
male 1 candlAteigfor ,;#he|jBfodes Scbjarfpp |*||thai
It
was$i
honor;
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Dates: April
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In
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comET j
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JANUARY
30.1986
THE
MERCIAD
PAGE
3
Photo Opinion
Do
you!thinkfFraternities|should{be
a
part
oflMercyhurst?
n
Yes.
I
thinklitbothMike Burke
f88-Music)
would
|
stimulates competitionacademically
land |athletlefjly»^hile gflstudent^ajsense
of
closenessifeentHyian
belonging!*
I & |
Mary
Beth
Joseph
<'87|
Social Work)
"lwnot sure|D||the feasibHityteotisldering
the
size*of|the
student body.
It wotald be*antee Idea|lff
they
didfrt
serve to establishanother clique, and
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ideals*'*
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