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The Merciad, Oct. 20, 1988

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VOL.62 NO. 6
GLENWOOD
HILLS. ERIE1988
D'Angelo School
dedicated
THE NEW
$1.6
MILLION
D'Angelo School of Musk wasdedicated Sunday afternoon.
At
the musical
presentation
were
(from
left) Brian
Sherman
Dr. George and Mary D'Angelo, and
President
Dr.
William
P. Garvev.
t
Students lined up for registration
By Michelle
Bush
Merciad staff
editor
Students may complain of long lines dur-ing registration, but Registrar Bonnie Hall,
says
they move quickly.
4
'Registration
actually moves quite fast,
9
'Hall said. "It never takes us more than onehour and
that
crowd is gone."
Pass-fail changes
Last day for students
to
withdraw from
classes
or declare
pass-fail is Friday.OcL
21.
Current seniors, juniors, and transfer stu-dents admitted before fall term, 1987 havethree pass-fails. Sophomores and transfer
students
admitted
in
fall, 1987
or Winter or
spring terms, 1988 will be permitted twopass-fails.
Freshmen and
transfers admittedfrom Pall, 1988 on will be permitted onlyone pass-fail.A slight change from the
Senate
resolu-
tion approved
last April
retained three
pass-
fails for seniors
and
juniors but reduced toone the number of pass-fails available tofreshmen
and
sophomores.
The
policy hasbeen modified to grant sophomores twopass-fails.The registration
of
fice registers 300-350freshmen in an hour, according to Hall.Gannon registers 30-60 students in a halfhour, Gannon's registration assistant EileenToner, said.
In
comparison, Gannon registers120 students in an hour while Mercyhurstalmost triples it with
350.
Mercyhurst's
registration system isn'tperfect,however, admits Hall.
"If you
tooka random sample of anything, there is goingto be problems," she said. "We would beopen to change the system if
we
\
knew asystem
that
worked better."The
registrar's
office is already havingreservations over winter registration in theBlue Room. According to Hall, the BlueRoom might not accommodate the. largefreshman
class.
*
If it doesn't, Hall said
a
newlocation
must be
provided.
'
In the past, registration was in the
registrar's
office,
but as
enrollment increasedit was cumbersome for students in thecrowded office, Hall said.Only adult registration is still handled
through
the adult
registration
office because itincludes a smaller
group,
according to Hall.
On
Nov. 7
and 8 a mass
of
students again
will wait to register
in
the Blue Room. Thefirst
to
register are seniors,
HaU
said.
The adult and MCCI
students also register
then,
and later it's juniors, sophomores andfreshmen.
"It is a myth thatadults get special treatment
during registration, according
to
Hall. Other
than
registering
with
seniors, they receive nospecial treatment They get closed out ofclasses too, Hall said.Students often run into problems whileregistering. Senior
core
students
of
ten try to
'register
without having 90 credits, Hall said.Freshmen with 27 credits will sometimesregister with sophomores, etc. According toHall, all students
are
monitored on screen tomake sure they register at the correct time.
&
1 Students are often closed out of classesthey want
]
By
receiving the courseinstructor's signature, however,
it is
possibleto register for the filled course, according toHall.
;i j'When
registering,
students
requently
 putdown the
 right
 course name but write downthe wrong course number.
Since
the terminal
goes
by course number,
a mix-up
will occur,Hall said.
j-
^.Another problem
facing
students
will beeliminated by a new
policy.^'Students
ac-count
holds
are published prior to registrationnow," Hall said.
|
* L
A common scene
is
the student
who waits
in line, finally gets to the terminal,
and
findsout there
is
an account
hold on
his registration.After going
to the
accounts office and correct-ing
it
he starts the registration process overj
see
'Students',
pg. 2
Garvey sayshe won'runfor mayor
this time
By Robi TaylorMerciad staff
reporter
Mercy hurst president Dr. William Garveywill not be running for mayor next electiondespite rumor s reported in local
papers that
hewould be considered by the
democratic
party.J Every election year,* the same rumorsconcerning who
will be the
next mayor for thecity of
Erie
surface. Most
rumors live a short
life,
but the name that
is brought
up con stanUy
is
Dr.
Garvey.The rumor about Dr. Garvey
j
has beencirculating for years, but this year there hasbeen
a
new twist added.
In
an informal state-ment Frank Laskey, Jr., said,
"Dr.
Garvey
will be the next mayor
of Erie...
May or Tullio
is supporting him all the way." After re-peated attempts,
Mayor Lou Tullio
could notbe
reached
for confirmation of
this
statementDespite the rumors,
Dr.
Garvey said in a
recent
interview
he will not run for mayor
thisterm, hut might consider
it
next election. Anytime after that may be too late for him toconsider seeking office.
He said his reason
for
not running
now isthat
although
Mercyhurst
is at
ts highest pointever,
h
e feels
that h
is
job is
not
completed hereat the
college.
Dr.
Garvey said his
irst
ove isteaching, so when he does leave the
president's
of
ice,
 he
would prefer to return toa full-time teaching position. He also addedthat the experience of being
mayor
wouldenrich the teaching experience.Among the
priorities
for Erie,
Dr.
Garvey
says that any new mayor should, "squareaway the
city's
finances" and develop thebayfront recreation
area
J including a bandshell, such
as the Nautica
in Cleveland. Otherprojects should include restaurants
and an
iceskating rink so
that
the youths of Erie couldhave some suitable entertainment, he said.
Another
priority,
according to
Garvey, isthe improvement of
Erie's
civic image. Hesaid Erie citizens should? stop the "drearyErie"
type
of
jokes and
by
to
think of
Erie
asa
"little/big
city"
.instead
of a "big/littletown."
jA
IX
These
are ideas that
too
many
people saycan't
be
done,
but
Dr.
Garvey says
that, "the
type
of vision
in
the future that Mother Borgiahad when she purchased the
79
acres that
Mercyhurst
College
sits on is needed to makethe changes
necessary
to give
Erie the higherquality of life
it
deserves.''
Although
Dr.
Garvey
is
turning down
anythought of running for mayor now, MaryDaly, assistant to
the
president,
stated
feelingsthat she said many people share with her."Dr. Garvey would make an excellentmayor." She added he would lead the citythrough the same levels of progress
that
Mercyhurst has had with him as president
 
PAGE
2The MerciadOCTOBER
20,1988
Vandalism affects library
research!
materials
A LIBRARIAN
SHOWS
the
handiwork
of students
who
research
papers
with
a razor blade. If
caught,
the librarywill
impose
 fines
 of
up to $100
per
offense.
I
Photo by
LizRi
By Holly
Fulmer
Merciad staff
*ji:i
vii
Jc
don't
think,"
saysDavid Pinto, director
of
the
campuslibrary,
regarding
the vandalism ofreference books
in
the library.The stir in the library is causedby those students who choose tocome to the library with the inten-tions of collecting reference mate-rial; however, they come
with *
arazor blade, not
a
library card.
1
Pinto thinks that some studentsintentionally; destroy books
'and
S
tudents dined
up,^
f
,
/
again.
«
A list of account holds, postedby social security number on theRegistrar's office door, shouldeliminate
this
problem.The registration process startslong
before
students register in theBlue Room.
"People
don't realizethe amount of work that goes intomaking up a class schedule," Hallsaid.It takes about six weeks to or-ganize a class schedule. Accordingto Hall,
die
professors' courses aresubmitted to the academic
dean's
office and reviewed by academicdean, Michael
McQuillen
and assis-tant dean, SisterMarcia.
After
the courses are approvedby the dean they're sent, to the
registrar's
office where classroomsare assigned
to
each class,
Hall
said.
Each
department
has
certain
territo-ries to meet the
professor's
needsHall explained.Next, the courses are punchedinto a computer
to,get
ready forpublishing. A schedule is thenmade into hard copy and proofedagainst
.what the
]
dean submitted,Hall said.Last, the schedule is sent to the
printers
and the
final class scheduleis stacked
in
the registrar's office forstudents, according to Hall.
I
The registrar's office receivessupport
 from
he Mercy hurst com-munity all through the registrationprocess.
Hall said that
many parentsof registering freshmen commenton how smoothly summer registra-
tion
runs.
; • ^ •
r
*'
We get
a
lot of support fromthe academic dean's office," Hallsaid. "They give you immediatesolutions
to your
problems.'* "On
the
spot
solutions,'' assistant regis-trar, Marilyn Moore, added.During registration, presidentDr. William Garvey even looks inon them. "The president sticks hishead
in to
see
if
we are
O.K.
during
registration," Hall said.
The
faculty
also helps
out "We
have
a
flexible faculty
too.
If
some-
one is closed out the chances are
50/SO
you can find a solution to
your
problem," Hall said.Mercy
hurst
registration systemcompares favorably with Gannonand Behrend.Gannon's registration systemTor
3,500
students is similar to the'Hurst. They
also have
an
advancedregistration with seniorsfirst,thenjuniors, etc.
*
Instead of having a class go atthe same time however, they give
students
different registrationtimes,according to Toner?"Stu-
dents
are
each
given
a
card with
the
j
time of their registration," Toner
said.
' I
Gannon puts nine groupsthrough a day with each group
composed ypf
30-60 students wait-ing
naif
an hour to register Tonerexplained.To break up the monotony ofstanding in line, Gannon providesrefreshments in the commons areawhere their four terminals are run-ning, Toner said.Refreshments
consist
of coffeeand donuts in the morning with
and
pop served
in the
after-noon, according to Toner.
Gannon
also provides entertain-ment for students. "Last
year
westarted something new. We gave
:
away drawings from local mer-chants/ ' Toner said.If
a
class is closed out during astudent's registration, the courseprofessor's signature will get themback
into 5
the class, according toToner
$
$Behrend's registration'system,which takesdays,
is
entirely differ-ent from Mercy hurst and Gannon.Their larger enrollment makes itimpossible to register students the
'Hurst
way.
•}
First, students
receive
a
booklet
with the class schedule, a spokes-woman
 from
he registration office,Diane Nowacinski, said.
'Next,.students
receive advanceregistration cards from their advi-sors,
which
they
 fill
 out and
submit
with
their course choices, Nowac-
inskJL
said.
^And'seniors
turn theircards in first
then
juniors, etc. sheadded.
* I
Students do not receive their
schedule?when
they hand in theirregistration cards. According toNowacinski, students all have
a
listof whats being offered, they
just
don'
t know what
the computer
gave
them until
they
see
the
print out
at a
later date.
*
After receiving
the?
print outschedule, students can change itduring- a schedule adjustments pe-riod or a drop/add period, Nowac-inski
said J
\
•If students are closed-out of aclass,two signatures are needed
to
get the desired class. "Students
need
an
instructor's signature and adivision head's signature duringschedule;adjustments and drop/add,'' Nowacinski said.other reference
materials
to
steal theinformation
they
need, while othersdo so thoughtlessly and carelessly,not realizing just how
serious this
crime is.As a result of the damages, newmaterials, although quite available,are restricted because the library hasto replace mutilated books.Through the sacrifices in newmaterials necessary to pay for thereplacement of
other
sources, somestudents
are
left
without
the
materi-als they need.
tIt is
an
unfortunate situation thatPinto says occurs on every collegecampus, and
"itis
an
ongoing prob-lem which needs to be resolved."
cOne
member of the Mercy hurstfaculty, English department direc-tor Dr. Gary Myers, has experi-mented with an approach to re-search that
may
help
with
the
prob-
lem.
*
He feels
that
by
supplying sev-eral references
himself,
as well ashaving students
do
research duringclass, the students not only gain abetter understanding
of-research
material, but also gain access to
information
they need.Myers doesn't understand
die
reasoning behind the vandalism."It is not arbitrary vandalism, butstudents seem to feel it's the onlyway
to have
it"Myers says he feels that thecause of the problem
may
originatewith
the
copying machines and thestudents' lack of money and/ortime.
f ^
However, as Pinto points out,there are two copying machines inthe library, one of which is in theperiodical room to make accessmore convenient for students.'
* We buy the materials for
them,staff
for them—the
whole operationis gearedfor-them,"Pinto says,explaining how
unnecessary j die
vandalism is.In addition to making the re-sources available, as Pintostates,'
'I
believe in unrestricted access toinformation,''
he is
also responsiblefor their protection.He said that the library publi-cizes
the
problem
and also
institutes$100 fines for each offense. Thisprocess is enforced by StudentServices.All library materials are treatedbefore being checked out, and aresent through the library's securitydetection system by the door.Reflecting on the situation,Pinto says, "We can always im-prove: we can always set better."
Health Faira success
By Margaret CoffeyMerciad staff
reporterMercyhurst's
Health Fair, held
on-Oct
12 in the
Student
Union,was a large success according to Larry Kozlowski, director of the
Student
Union.'
ji
ne
rair inciuaea cnoiesteroi
screening,
blood
pressure testing,and glaucoma screening.
The Fair also provided material
and expertson a wide variety of health related topics.The groups that had booths at the Fair included the Women'sCenter, Athleticare of Saint Vincent's Health Center, the AIDSCouncil of Erie, the Erie Center for the Blind, Diet Works of SaintVincent's Health Center, Campus Ministry and the Department ofEducation and Training
at
Saint
Vincent's Health
Center..|gj *
The event
was
made
possible through
the
efforts of Kozlowski,
the
campus coordinator, and Joseph Wagner, Saint Vincent's HealthCenterCoordinator.
\
Phi
Eta
Smma
sendsdelegates
to:
societynational
^convention
X-YNNSHEFFLER
The
Mercy hurst
Chapter of Phi*
Eta
Sigma national honor society sent a dele-
gate
and two
alternates
to the
29th
biennialnational convention atthe University of Ak-
ron,
Oct. 14 to 16,
1988.
>& ,: 5
Official
delegate
Lynn Sheffler and al-ternates Diane Conley
and Mara
Sweterlitsch,as well as faculty ad-viser Bud Brown,en-joyed the opportunity
to
propose
and
vote onchanges
in the
national
constitution
and
the
ad-
ministration of the so-ciety. |They also had thechance
to
meet
and
ex-change ideas with dele-gates from chaptersacross the nation.
 
X
OCTOBER 20,1988
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