MSGConstitution phangeaffects student
By Monica GibsonMerciad staff reporter
Govern-ment amended its constitution onSept 24 regarding club funding, inan attempt to regulate how MSGawards money to clubs, accordingto Tod George, MSG Treasury.
thepast,the budget and fi-nance committee didn't feel likeenforcing the
criteria for club
fund-ing," said George, "so they justgave the money away.''The purposes of club activityfunding are to provide support for
college's clubs and organiza-tions, supplement the activitiesprovided by SAC, offer a widerrange of cultural activities, and as-sist the clubs and organizations in
being active contributors
» MI The criteria used
Budgetand Finance Committee for clubactivity funding
—The club must be
officially affili-ated with the college.
— It must have a
guidance and/or safety reasons.
Its constitution and/or by-lawsmust be filed in the MSG officealong with its membership roster.
— The President
y the requesting club is an activemember of
a plan to
theBudget and Finance Committeeoutlining the manner in which itintends to support either
at large. (Example: public-ity, planning, and execution of an
It must perform its function oractivity for the entire MercyhurstCollege community.—The club's proposed activity mustagree
purpose of clubactivity funding.
should not be a project forcollege credit nor a project whichshould
supported by the admini-
stration or a
excep-tion may be made if
ExecutiveCommittee sees the function as aservice to
The club must support StudentGovernment
in some manner.(Example: publicity, planning and/or execution of
should be willing tocoordinate its activities with theStudent Activities Committee
Its financial status must be re-ported and verified. All financialrecords
Sexual harassmentan important issuewith college co-eds
By Tracy Schmitz
The club must submit a budgetwith a fair
should be submitted
must agree to
allow MSG co-spon-sorship.
must agreethat any
anMSG cosponsored event will beshared with MSG in proportion to
option to deny any
request even if the club/organiza-tion has complied with the abovestandards. Compliance does notnecessarily imply approval.MSG will match the moneyraised by a club dollar for dollar.
any club couldreceive
one time being $450.A? former taboo on collegecampuses, the topic of sexual har-assment
hot issue today. Prior tothe Women's Liberation move-ment,
unex-plored because women werethought
be insignificantWomen were afraid that making
waves * 'would
jeopardize their col-lege careers, so most cases wentunacknowledged," said Dr. BillieWright Dzeich, co-author of thebook The Lecherous Professor.
Dzeich was the guest speakerwho appeared at last year's Aca-demic Celebration, where she ad-dressed
traversial subject in
withLinda Weiner. |According to Dzeich andWeiner, |
means toannoy persistently, but sexual har-assment
of abuse.It can take many forms, rangingfrom the random innuendo to the
It can even
Date rape discussed at'Hurst
By Tracy Schmitz*Merciad Staff Reporterclassified as a first degree felony.There were S13 cases reportedin
the Erie area last
year, showing a
On September 28, 1989, the
Center gave a seminaron Date
atMercyhurst College. A few years
the community The term
five yearsago when the issue could not beignored any longer.
According to Patty Puline, theguest speaker for the seminar saidstatistics show
of the time
victim knows her attacker.
past year, the victims ageshave ranged
wo weeks to 96years old and the rapes have oc-curred most often in their homes.On college campuses,
andsophomore women are the mostcommon victims."Rape is, simply put, forcedsex," said Puline. Only today hasthe definition of rape been broad-ened to include
in marriage andrape during states of unconscious-
including drug and alcohol-induced states.In the United States
Awareness was a key issue inPuline*
the prevention ofdate rape. Honest communication
mixed messages that
encourage unwanted sexual en-counters.
toinitiate sex if
and tobe assertive in saying no to theirdate.• Puline warned the
atti-tudes used as excuses for rape in-cluding;- Women are* 'bought
paidfor" when they
taken to dinner
or to a mo
and that they owe
mensex as an expression of their grati-tude.
of little value
-Sex is physical
with no mental
Today's society holds a "slut
Bakmaz, a student and member ofthe audience at Thursday's seminar.'
men take an interest inthe issue of rape, it is only awoman's problem," said Puline.
does not rapefor sex, but rather uses rape as anoutlet for violence and aggression.He acts out violent behavior usingsex as a weapon,"Puline said.Thesedays,
subtle approach. It is carefully
uses the trust of thevictim.'
the Mercyhurstcampus, victims can either go to
resident assistants or
hall monitors,who are trained for such crises.They can contact
Cri-sis center headquarters, located at313 Wallace St,
Union City areas. They offer sup-portive counseling that is free andconfidential. The toll-free hotlinenumber is 870-7087.
used as an
Tide VII published under the
Commission states that sexual har-assment is an "unlawful practice"
the basis ofsexual advances, requests for sexualfavors, and other verbal or physicalconduct of a sexual nature consti-tutes harassment"Whichever
must understand that they do nothave
be subjected to
behav-ior. It "is illegal and damaging to
community,''Dzeichsaid. The term sexual harassmentrefers
to a broad
range of behaviorsthat may occur as either a singleincident or as a series of incidentsover
a long period
signsfor sexual harassment that Dzeichand Weiner discuss in their novel.The list includes the following:-stares, leers, and oogles-deliberate avoidance or searchfor encounters
the student infront of colleagues-injection of a
versus fe-male" tone into discussions withstudents or colleagues-persistant emphasis
sexualityin all contexts
establishedpolicies against this type of abuse.JohnNesbit,is the school's Af-firmative Actions Officer whohandles complaints of sexual har-assment
office is located at StMark's, no. 104, and the phoneextension is
The only way the issue can be
properly addressed is
if students areaware of
what their rights are concerningsexual harassment
MSG to build peace pole
By Monica GibsonMerciad Staff
Mercyhurst Student Govern-ment is planning to build a PeacePole on the lawn opposite PrestonHall.Elsewhere,
in Perry Square and
ofMercy Mother House. The totalcost of Mercyhurst* s pole will be$350, all of which comes fromMSG's budget
The Peace Pole will be in theform of a large varnished cedarhexagonal, approximately sevenand a half feet tall, and decoratedwith plexiglass message platesbearing the inscription MAYPEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH,in six different languages to bedecided by MSG. |
Peace Pole originated! inJapan but has grown into a world-wide effort involving individuals,communities,
organizations.Peace Poles have been planted inprivate yards and farms and havebeen dedicated
halls and parks,mayors and governors, to expresstheir commitments^ to personal,community, and global peacemak-ing.The Society of Prayer for WorldPeace, the founders and designersof the Peace Pole, believe that worldpeace begins with each individual.The Society's flyer said, "We be-lieve that this powerful messagewill reawaken the
universal wish for
hearts and minds
The funds for the Peace Pole
will go to the
Erie Peace and JusticeCenter.
is in Novem-ber, sometime around Veteran'sDay or United Nation's Day.There are over 63,000 PeacePoles in the world, all acting as aconstant reminder to all of the ne-cessity
thespirit of world peace.