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VOL.
62 NO. 7GLENWOOD
HILLS.
ERIE1988
Apartments flooded:
Flood waters
hit
Mercyhurstinconvenience many
>
By Karen Sampson
Merciad
staff editorOn the night of Monday
Oct
17 and themorning of Tuesday
Oct
18, three inches of
rain
fell which contributed
to the
flooding ofseveral Briggs Avenue apartments and
the
basement of
Baldwin
Hall
which
houses thefootball offices and the CommunicationsDepartment
5B
f^M
The worst damage
occurred? in
3828Briggs Avenue, ApartmentNo. 1,which wasoccupied by building manager KarenMcGrath
and
her daughter, Kate. There wassome minor flooding in
Briggs
Avenue apart-ment basements
in the buildings
of
3830 and
3808.
I Vf
|
I
Two basement apartments in the Mer-cyhurst apartments had wet carpeting, ac-cording to
Phyllis
Aiello, Director of Housingand Safety.
*
^ The
flooding was
caused by an
extremelyheavy rainfall coupled with other problemssuch as sewer back-up, water run off fromparking lots,
and'the
addition of handicapaccess
ramps to
Baldwin
Hall.
<
* I went over
to
lode
at that damage (Baldwin Hall base-ment) and what it appeared to be was bothramps,
in
A
wing and C
wing,
acted
as sluicesfor the water
to
go into those areas,**
Aiello
said.
"The
cost
is*more*than
dol-
lars,
the
cost is in inconven-ience
9
-Phyllis
AielloHenry Mayer, Jr., Director of Facilitiessaid that the drains at the bottom of these
ramps are currendy being
checked, including
the plumbing
blue
prints
for
the
building,
todecide
whether or not
they
are
effective. Healso added that the ramp near the football
office had been
there previously
to the
flood-ing
and had
only been repaved.
He said
thatdrain had been recently cleaned.
Mayer also mentioned
the
problem was a
neighborhood one and that area apartments
had
similar problems.
* 'So much water came
down, it appears that the city's storm sewersystem somehow, because
it came
so fast, wasnot able to handle it for some period of
timc.We
suspect
that
is
the
reason why thiswater came up
in our
buildings,
in
our base-ments," Mayer said.Aiello mentioned
some
of the problem
inthe Briggs
Avenue
area was
the parking lots
did
not allow
for
water
to soak into
the groundand mentioned the possible future need for
pipes and gravel
to channel
the
water.
 
Mayer
said that there-was
a swale
running
 from
he
parking lot to 38th
Street,
but was not sure
ofits
current
effectiveness. *
'The
grass appeared
like
quite
a bit
of
water had
washed from
thatparking
lot,
over the grass to
the swale. Nowwhat happened, whether it was such a flow
that
it skipped the swale
and wen t down to the
apartments, I have no way of
knowing,*'
Mayer said.
Most
of
the
damage
has been to carpetingand no
cost estimate
for
cleanup is available atthis time. Mayor said
that carpets
have beencleaned
by
an outside
cleaning
service. Aiellomentioned that minor
problems
were handledby the Maintenance Department using aschool
owned wet/dry
vacuum.
She
also said,
"The cost
is
more than
dollars,
the
cost is ininconvenience''Several people
have been forced to
move.McGrath,
the
building
manager
for Building
3828 woke up Tuesday morning to six
inchesof water covering her apartment floor.!
'Close
your eyes and imagine your housewith six inches of water,** McGrath said,
"that's
what it's like.''
The
McGrath
* s
insur-
ance calls the
flooding
an "act
of God,'* andtherefore is not responsible for lost items.Mercyhurst has flood insurance for schoolowned carpeting and furniture.
* t£
See
'Flood'/**
5
Parent's Weekend
The annual
Mercyhurst College Parent'sWeekend will be held on Oct28-30. Thetheme
this year is "God Made
Us A
Family"
which will stress family unity. Local hotelsare offering special rates for Mercyhurstparents.
*
The schedule of events goes as follows:Friday,
Oct.28
\
6pm-9pm Registration in Chapel Foyer
7:30pm-9pm
Gathering of Friends andFamily in Chapel Foyer8pm
HMS
Pinafore
in The Little Theatre
8pm Hypnotist, Ed Barron in Zurn Re-
cital
Hall,
,
1
Saturday,
Oct
29 \
|10am-lpm Registration
in
Student
Union
11am-lpm Faculty
Reception inClipper's Cove
j11:30am-lpm
International LuncheonBuffet
in S
ullivan
Hall
L,
; j11am
Men's Soccer Mercyhust vsGannon on soccer field
1:30pm
Football Mercyhurst vs Way-nesburg in Veteran's Stadium
I
3:30pm
Women's Soccer
Mercyhurst
vsSeton Hill on soccer field,
3:30pm-4:30pm
Artfest in
Cummings
Gallery
W
6:30pm
Cocktails
in
Quality Hotel Plaza
1
7:15pm
Dinner in Quality Hotel Plaza
9pm*lam
Dance
in
Quality Hotel PlazaSunday, Oct
JO
\
|
11am Mass
in
Christ the King Chapel12pm Brunch in Egan Dining Hall
\
RECENT FLOODING OF
the Mercyhurst
neighborhood,
including Mercyhurst
apartments
Briggs
Avenue
apartments,
and Baldwin
Hall was
in part
due to the
bad
weather Erie hasbeen experiencing
lately.
Photo
by Liz Rkhanii
Scholarship money increased
By Tina FieldingMerciad staff
*••:•
Mercyhurst*s
Scholarship Endowment
Fund has been
growing, providing
even more
financial
aid
for
students with the right
quali-
fications,
g [
f
The scholarship money is donated
fe
byMercy hurst
staff,
alumni,
faculty,
administra-tion,and benefactors.
In June
of
1985 ther were only
18 schol-arships. Just
three years
later, there
were 34
scholarships and the endowment was$697,514,
an
increase of $500,000.Currently, the 38 scholarships drawnfrom this
fiuid
are listed in the Catalog as
'Restricted
College Scholarships'.Each scholarship has a separate criteriafor qualification: These
criteria can
include astudent's major, leadership, financial
need,or
residency.Only one scholarship
relates
to athletics,and is in the form of
a
loan.All scholarships are renewable if
the
re-cipient
retains the
required 2.5
Q.P.A.
>
Initial distribution qualifications forscholarships are often based in part,
but
notsolely on scholastic achievement
How is this fund keptalive year after
year?Interest
 from
 the initial endowment is
placedin
the
financial aid fund. Anyone
who
goes
through the
inancial
 aid process is
automati-
cally considered for a scholarship.
S$
The scholarship criteria
is
then
matched tothe individuals who
best fit the requirements.This is a long
and
complicated process, ac-cording to
I
Catherine Crawford,
Mercyhurst*
s Director of Financial Aid.
One solution
to this
tedious job is a
soft-ware program that will allow the FinancialAid Office, the Developmental Office, and
the students to
have access
to the
scholarshipcriteria. Crawford feels
the
obtaining of
thisprogram is "a
bigchallenge,but hopefully
an
obtainable one.' *
i.
Crawford thinks the most important issue
to
remember is
the uniqueness of the scholar-ships.
She says the benefactors
contributionsinvolve a belief
in
the students of Mercyhurst
 
*
PAGE
2The
Merciad
OCTOBER
27,1988
Roessner expounds on hisphilosophy of
life
By Theresa
Kloecker
Merciad staff
reporter
As a senior at Mercy hurst, JeffRoessner has a 3.9 GPA
and
is thesenior adviser
to Phi Eta
Sigma,
the
freshman honor society. In addi-
tion,
he is the president of SigmaTau Delta, the English honor soci-ety, iRoessner is an English major
i
with two minors, philosophy and
?
creative writing. His creative writ-
ing minor is in
poetry,
and some
ofhis work
has
been published in theMercy
hurst Literary
Magazine.Since Roessner is an Englishmajor, he does a lot of reading, byhis own admission. "I've been
reading a lot
of
Eastern
philosophylately about
the drum
yoga method,in
which you
view conscious reality
as a
dream.
I like
this because
of
theexistential import of
it,
" he
says.
£
i
"It
points out the amazing
number
of choices
and
possibilities
you have in
life,
and it alio w s you to
escape from the overwhelmingmodernist affliction, self-con-sciousness," he
adds.
.;
Roessner
I
numbers
FrancoisVillon and Li Po, a Chinese poet,among his favorite poets.
"I,'like
them because of something aboutthe exaltation of
life,
their emphasison the present moment, and takingopportunities when they appear,"he says.
I
\
' 'This
is a philosophy I wouldlike to have, but I have a lot ofanxieties to overcome, before I be-come
that
free," he adds.Roessner is also a member of
a
rock-and-roll band called Aber-nathy.
All
of the members
hail
fromTitusville, PA,
which
is
Roessner's
hometown.They have made two album-
length
i
cassettes, entitled "TheYoung and The Groovy" and the
'
'Psychadelicatessen.
t
Halloween memories
We re like an obscure 60'sband, like the Knickerbockers,"Roessner
says.
f.
The band's musical
philosophy,as
voiced
by Roessner,
is
I
'rejecting
the way music has become likewallpaper
in
people's
lives.
I
thinkmusic used to mean at least a littlesomething to people in their lives,and now it has become totally di-vorced
 from
 anything in life."Roessner went to England
be-
tween
I
his sophomore and junioryears
and
took a course
at
Cambr-idge. The
method
of
teaching
there,
he
says,
"is a lot
more academicallyrigorous. It is a tutorial system,where you read on your own andmeet with
the
professor separately,then write a paper."
;
When asked
what
he remembers
the
most about England, he
says,
"Iremember seeing Twelfth Night byShakespeare
it was a great pro-duction, and seeing it inShakespeare's hometown wasnice."
I
JEFF
ROESSENER OUT
on a
limb,
Photo
by Liz
Richards
By Holly
Fulmer
Merciad staff reporterCharlie Brown was right Hal-loween did begin with the GreatPumpkin, according to several
Merchyhutst
students.
*
'i
Actually, Halloween
stems
from
superstitious groups in Ireland
I and Scotland during and even be-fore Medieval times, World BookEncyclopedia said.', These peoplebelieved evil spirits came on Hal-
|
lows Eve (October 31).
Bonfires§ were lit
to
ward
off these evil spirits,^^wwdiftg^W^ldBafci; f
if**
Another
Irish
legend dealt witha miser named
Jack,
who roamedthe earth with a lantern because hewas forbidden to enter either heavenor hell,
World
Book said,
I
According to World Book, theterm"JacfcO-Lantern"
was
de-rived from the myth about
Jack.
And these
and other myth's
lead to
what is known
today
as
Halloween.Like
the
great pumpkin theory,Mercy
hurst students had
other
mis-
conceptions about how Halloweenstarted. One
perplexed
student said,"Didn't it start with the headlesshorseman and stuff?"Despite
not
knowing how Hal-loween originated,
mosU
Mer-cy
hurst students said
they celebrate
it,
either by dressing up, trick ortreating, or
playing
various Hallow-een games.
£ | > | -Colm
McWilliams, a freshman
from
Ireland,
said that Halloween
isvery popular
there since
they
don't
have Thanksgiving.
#
Many
pranks are
performed by
Mercy
hurst students. "This year,
me,
Freddy, Bones and Kelly aregoing pumpkin, snatching," saidone student
M
Aliiimii Association*
Sf
ft* *
I
>
s
«l
1
Annual! Parents' Phonathon
Carving pumpkins is another]favorite for
those on
campus. One
j sions
as follows:student claims to be receiving her]pumpkin in a care package soon,and another points out
that
she not
only carves
one,
she cooks the
seeds]with salt
and
butter.Freshman Marci Lentz has a Mon., Nov. 7The
!third
annual. Parents'Phonathon will be starting on
Wednesday,November
2,1988
and
continuing through Monday, No-vember 7th. At a recent StudentAlumni Association meeting, jun-ior Lisa DeMascola was appointedas
Phonathon
Committee Chairper-son for the year. Team captainswere also chosen to recruit callers.Captains are as follows: AnnMelquist, MBA; Cheryl Conlon,
CEC;
Lisa
Gierszal, HSMA;LynneNalducci, Circle K; MicheleMaxwell, MSG; and FeliciaCaiazza,
S
AA.
*
Callers are needed for all ses-is not represented in
the
above listand you would like to help, pleasecontact
Lisa at 825-3493 or Bonnie
Clark in
the
Alumni Office.
As in
the past, cash prizes
will
beawarded at the end of the AlumniPhonathon
in
February to
the threeteams with
the highest pledge
totals.
Any monies pledged to your teamwill accumulate from the Parents'Phonathon and be credited
to
yourtotals in February.
Get
your
team together
now! Ifyou
have
questions, contact
Lisa or
Bonnie
at the
above numbers.Wed., Nov. 2Thurs., Nov. 3
Sun.,
Nov. 6
7:00-10:00
p.m.
7:00-10:00
p.m.
2:00-5:00
p.m.
i
7:00-10:00
p.m.
7:00-10:00
p.m.A
BALDWIN HALL
window
sports some spooky
decorations.
different method of decorating herpumpkin.
"My family
likes
to draw
a pumpkin face on a pumpkin be-cause it
lasts
longer,'' she said.
Some freshman 'Hurst
studentsrecalled Halloweens past Renee
Patmore
said, "I dressed up lastyear and took little kids out"Amanda Moser said,
"I
like toanswer
the door with
my
mom
andlook at all the little
kids'
costumes,
and then I go
out"No matter what students do tocelebrate, most enjoy acting likechildren.
"It's
traditional. Theolder
you
get,
the more you want
togo and act like a kid again/' onesaid.If
you
are available
to help
withthis year's Phonathon, please seeone of the above team captains orcall the Alumni Office, 220 Main,
extension
538.
If
your
organization
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OCTOBER
27,1988
The
Merciad
PAGE
3
Visitingprofstarsin play
m&,^
,^§m
'
By
Caryl
Unseld
Merciad staff reporter
REG
HARRSON:
''It's been
jolly goodfun"
performing
in
Mercyhurst's ^
The
production of
HMS
Pina-fore
stars a
visiting political science
professor
from Lancaster
England,
Reginald Harrson.Harrson
said
that he was enjoy-ing teaching here at
MercyhursL"It's
been jolly good fun,"
he re-
plied
in his
best British
accentHarrson
has
been active
in
thea-ter in Lancaster where recently he
was
involved
in
grand opera. This
may
have sparked his interest in
Mercy
 hurst*
s
upcoming
produc-
tion
of Gilbert
and
Sullivan's
oper-
eta,
HMS
Pinafore.
I
His past accomplishments in-clude playing Papagallo in
The
Magic Flute
and he has been in
Carmen*
as well as a few otherGilbert and Sullivan
-
shows,
he
Pinaft
Commenting on Gilbert andlivan's shows Harrson said he,
See
Hay>*
5
\
the Editor:
AIDS should be more
important thantbeer
Dear
Editor:Upon reading the editorial on
AIDS
in
the
September
29
issue
ofthe
Merciad,
we
were struck
by
thefact that the issue of education on
AIDS
at
Mercy
hurst
was
left
in the
lap
of
the
administration.
The
edi-
torial seemed to imply that theadministration was not doingenough to
educate
the student popu-lation
on
the dangers and facts about
AIDS.
We
agree,
but
shouldn't
the
students themselves be more con-cerned about their own educationon
an';issue
of such personal andnational importance?As a Roman Catholic school,Mcrcyhurst is operating under thevery valid constraints of religion.Adopting a policy similar
'toBehrend's
of installing condommachines in the bathrooms wouldnot only offend many parents andfaculty, but would be contrary
to
therulings of the American CatholicBishops,
*who
continue to
Ihold
condom use as contrary to theRoman Catholic faith.Students
will have
to choose thelesser of two
evils;
young
people areprone to
stray
from their religiousupbringing, no matter how strong.
In
that
case,
should
they
act
unpro-
tected
from
a virus which endangerstheir
own
l
lives
and the lives ofothers?
The
fact
remains that
con-doms (and
celibacy)
remain thebestdefenses known to
date.
.
We realize that many students atMcrcyhurst are not
Roman
Catho-lic,
but most should have at
leastsome sense
of morality.
AIDS has
no
religious
conviction.
It is not
a
disease that can be segregated tohomosexuals or drug users any
m/tt*»
with!
a!five
to seven yeardetection period, the virus can bespread
to
a
large population
beforeit
is
detected.
Notwithstanding that collegestudents are among the most sexu-ally
promiscuous
population in thecountry, even students with rela-tively low numbers of sexual en-counters
can run the
risk
of comingin contact
with
the
virus.As students of higher education,
it is our duty
and responsibility
to
bemore concerned about our owneducation regarding this
"20th
Century Plague" which threatensnot only our health but possiblyhuman existence.
|t
The attempts at education oncampus are indeed lacking. Thereare a few pamphlets outside thenursing office and a few outsideCampus
Ministry.'Honestly
now,
do you ever look
at
those?
There are
no
posters or
other
literature avail-able anywhere
else
on campus. The
college hosted
an
AIDS forum
andseminar last year, but the presentfreshman class and many othershave had little exposure
to
informa-tion about the disease, how it is
spread,
or
how
it
acts.
It is our
contention that
the
stu-dent government and the admini-
stration should collaborate
in
a jointeffort to provide students wiuYin-
formation about
AIDS.
This could
be in the form of more postersaround campus, or possibly an
AIDS
column in
the
Merciad.'We also propose a floatingseminar
(spring
and fall) initiatedby the student government in col-laboration with the administration,which
would be
open
to
all students.Local and national professionalscould make presentations, with timefor
questions
and discussion.Shouldn't we be more con-cerned with fighting AIDS thanfighting
a keg
ban
we
pay
no heed
toanyway?
Where
do our
values
lie?
In
a
glass
of beer?
We are
students
of
higher
education.
It is our duty
and responsibility to
be
concernedwith life as well as the pursuit ofhappiness.*When we graduate from Mer-cy
hurst
and don the
blue coats
andfill
the
starched
white shirts
in jobsthat "make the ^difference,"wouldn't
we
want interested
youngadults willing
to take
the
responsi-bility for their own lives and the
lives
of others?Roni Hoff
&
Michael
Fuhrman
MSG makesguidelinesfor reps
On October
16
Mercyhurst
stu-dent government was called to orderby president Chris Mohr at 7:33p.m. in Zurn
114.
The
previousweek's
minutes were approved by
Mike Falk
and
Margaret
Coffey.For
old*
business, Mike Falklooked into obtaining
anS
electric
sign}
with some special projectmoney. Chris
Mohr and Dr.Garvey
looked at pavilion models.Three new orders of businesswere
discussed.
Letters to freshmenconcerning the election were sentout
Letters
of
intent are due no laterthan
Wednesday, October
27 in
theMSG office.
A
forum for interestedstudents was held in Zurn
114
onOctober
23.
Elections
will
be
heldNov. 4 and
5.
A contest to
design*the
year-book cover
and
a
yearbook
theme isbeing planned with the yearbookcommittee.
A
$50
prize
is
awarded
for
each
category. |
i
Constitutional guidelines willbe
ollowed
 regarding
MSG absen-teeism. Three unexcused absencesresult in dismissal so
repressntarti ves are asked
to submit
the name
of
an
alternate
to
the secretary. 1In other news, approximately
100
people turned
out
for comedianScott Jones on Friday. The pooltournament was won by PhilWeimer and
the
Health Fair
was
asuccess.
On
Saturday,
a
ping-pong
tournament
will
be held, and there
will
be shuttles
to the zoo
on Sundayfrom Baldwin at
1
p.m., 1:30
p.m.
and 2 p.m.
Some
additional
notes:
sopho-mores arc allowed
two;pass/fails
and freshmen
have
one.
\
The
Ger-trude Barber Center is being
checked
out for
receiving
the
Mary
Beth Bierbauer Memorial Dona-tion.
Security Safety Concerns
Dear Editor:
This
past weekend a
Mercyhurst
college
student
4
was
beaten by aroving
gang
of youths
in a
troubledarea of
the
city
of
Brie.
The
student
was
on
his
way to a
part-time
job and
being
a
non-resi-dent, he got lost Apparently un-
aware
he
was
entering
a
high crimearea
of
the
city,
he
proceeded until
he was
jumped.
This student, who asked to re-main anonymous,
is
now concernedthat similar attacks may occur
to
non
Erie -^students
who are unfamiliar
with
the bad
sections
of town.He has
asked*
us
to alert thestudent body.
J
£*-i
I would suggest that non •Frioresident students unfamiliar with
the
area
contact
me or my
staff,
orother students who live in Erie, ifyou
have reservations about
a
cer-tain area. <I further suggest that students do
not
walk
in
strange
neighborhoodsalone.
r
£Erie is
a relatively
safe town
andthe
student!
body
should not beafraid to go into
most areas
of thecity.
I-
Incidents
like;
the
one men-tioned can occur however,
so,we
should
be
alert
at all
times.Women students should travel
in
pairs and/or ask
a
male student toaccompany
them
after
dark,
if theygo into the city sections they areunfamiliar with.Bud
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