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THE MERCIAD
VOLJ70
NO.
IX
MERCYHURST
COLLEGE,.
GLENWOOD
HILLS,ERIE,
PA.
16S46
January
Winter Formal
Heats!Up
Cold Friday Night
Greg Bakker (above) sneaks one for the road
it
the
Formalseniors Kelly Green (1.) and Bryan Henley dance the night away
Part It College Colloquy 2
Progra
1.
Freshman Program
til
K*
Common Core 10 Course*American HistoryArts Appreciation
].
College Writing
IA
H
*
MathematicsNatural
Sdeuce
Philosophical Inquiry
^Rdlgoua
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A
Tradition
'
European History4 credits2 credits2eredlt^
30
credits3 credits3 credits
6
credits3 credits
3
credits3 credits3 credits3 credits
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Distribution
Cora
9
Courses
Behavior*l/Sodai
SciencesEthics
i
Humanities
Mathematics/Natural
SciencesReligious StudiesWorld
Cultures/World
Politics
27credlto6
credits3 credits
6
credits
^3
credits
3
credits6 credits
By Zoe Cohen
Merciad Writer
11
lit
This past Friday, 487 collegestudents, most of
them
fromMercyhurst, attended
this
year'sWinter Formal. The eveningstarted
out
st around
*7:30
asstudents
started arriving
at UnionStation, 14th
and
State.For some,
this
is a
rare occasionto relax and socialize with theirfriends in a more, well,, formal•sphere.
tFor
$15, studentsattending the dance receivedtrans-portation
and
a buffet dinner con-sisting of salad, vegetables, redpotatoes, stuffed shells, and as-sorted cake and cookies. If thedessert seems a little familiar to
you,
that's because they weredonated
by our
own cafeteria staffAll of
the
organization
is
due totwo students, Emily Page andJenny Vetter, who worked
to-
gether
to make
the night possible.According to Vetter
die
evening
went
well except
for
one incidentinvolving an inebriated studentwho was forced to leave early.Vetter
commented
that,
"things
went smoothly, other than a fewindividuals dancing on tables,which was
taken care o£
OverallI think the night went verysmoothly.*'Cass
Shimek,
director of theStudent Union, who helped withthe
 financing
 of
die
dance,
said
that there were relatively fewproblems brought
up at
Monday
night's
Student Governmentmeeting.One problem, limited dancespace, is
already
being discussedfor the Spring Formal, since itwill be held at the same place.
What:is
intended for the next
dance
is
to
rent
more dance floorand to possibly take some of the
tables out
of the
way
after dinner.
Most
of the
people that
attended
had a
good
time
and
few of themhad complaints. Brad Parks, afreshman and one of
the
peopleinvolved in organizing
the
dancesaid,
"As
a
member of the Formalcommittee, I thought it was verywell arranged, and everyoneseemed to have
a
great
time."However, some of
die
under-
classmen argued against the
easyavailability of alcohol to
die
stu-dents.
One
student,
Tabith
a Dyke,remarked that,
"I had
a
great time,except for getting beer spilled
down
my
back."
Several
students
also
had
beer being spilled on ornear diem. Many people wereconcerned with the immaturitythat some students at the dancedisplayed.For the most part, though,people seemed to have enjoyedthemselves
and
will probably goto the next
dance
as
well.
New Core CurriculumiProposed
By Michael J.
Op perm
an
Merciad
Writer
In a
review issued over threeyears ago, Middle States Ac-creditation, the
organizationthat
accredits Mercyhurst Col-lege, advised
a
re-evaluation ofthe college's core curriculum.Since that time,
there
has
been
a
continued
examination of thecore
that
has resulted
in
a
"work-
ing document" This text will
soon
be
sent
to a
steering com-mittee for presents don to Dr.Garvey, the faculty
and
the stu-dents.This new core curriculum iscomposed of three parts: TheCollege Colloquy, CommonCore and Distribution Core.This new core changes the re-quirements for graduation finMercyhurst
Coll
ege.
The Colloquy, new toMercyhurst,is divided
Into
the
Freshman Program and theExperience Learning ProjectEach consists of two credits(for
a
total of
four)
needed forgraduation. Neither the Fresh-man Program nor the Experi-ence
T .earning
Project cost thestudent According to Bob
Cisek,
member
of the
ColloquyTask Force created by Aca-demic Vice President Dr. Jo-seph Gower, the Colloquy will
"set
the academic tone," dealwith
die
"nuts andbolts"ofcollege life (e.g. registration,scheduling,
etc.)
and addressissues of concern to the freshers.According
to
The
Core
Cur-riculum Summary (i.e. the
"working
document"),
the Ex-
perience Learning Programmay
be
"satisfied in
part
or en-
tirely" through study abroad,certified attendance at cam-pus events, or service learningcourses or other certified vol-unteer service." The details of
lilt
the
two progra
available.
There are several changesfrom the Liberal Studies Core
in use
now.
In
the
Common
Core,two writing
courses
are required ofevery
 fresher.
 Baste
Writing andEnglish Composition are replacedby College Writing I and II withthe goal of "moving the weak
ID
proficiency" and the
"strong
toexcellence," according
to
Dr.
He
idiHosey,
member of
the Writing TaskForce.
Hie
additional writing course
its
in the place of
a
requiredsecond literature course
in
j
the
•Lilt
i
Common
Core.
There
is
an
oppor-
t
tunity
to
pick
up the
second litera-ture
course
in the
'Distribution/CoreThe relationship
between
the
Com-
mon Core and
the Distribution Core
f
has been
an
area of
discussion.
The
Distribution Core
offers
a
flexibil-ity
in
the choice of courses
th at w
as
Unknown
in the Liberal Studies
Core.
Forexample,two courses are
required
by
the
Behavioral/Social
Sciences slot This can
be filled by
^
a course romany
of
the folio
cultura
1
anthropology, economics,
human
development,political sci-• ence, psychology, or sociology.The test of the Distribution Corefunctions in a similar manner. Avariety of courses from severaldepartments
will
complete
the re-
quirement for most of
the
Distri-bution Core.This portion of the
core also
in-cludes sn additional Religious
Studies
requirement
(faff
a
total
of
two).
This
contributes
to a
total of19 courses (61 credits) and 2colloquys needed for graduation(computer literacy must also beproven, a feature of the current
core).The
total
graduation
require-ment is 126 credits.
,
Set"Core,"p.3-I
f
 
PAGE
2
THE
MERCIAI)
January
30.1997
GjaWp^
Moore to Implement New System for Maintenance Problems
By Todd
Zielinski
Merciad Writer
Starting next week, long wait-ing
periods
for the resolution ofmost maintenance
problems
will
bei
thing
of
the
past During thefirst week of February, Directorof Residence
Lift Tyrone Moore
will introduce s new system thatshould put
an
end to most of theproblems that resident studentsoften experience on campus.According to Moore, the newsystem, which will be imple-mented
on
Monda
y,
Feb. 3,
calls
for
a
mandatory
48
hour response
time
to any
resident problems.
In
cooperation
with Service Master
and the
maintenance
department,
a special team
will be set
up withthree to four people to solelyhandle the problems of students.
The team will be headed by
Hous-ing Maintenance Director TerryCamp who will
report direct!y
toMoore.
'.J
Moore explained that the
new-
system will entail acomprehen-sive database
located
in the
Resi-dent Life department where allmaintenance problems will bereported. This will ensure
that
theright measures are taken to re-solve all of the problems to theircompletion.Moore also
sa
id that this newphilosophy will insist on atten-
tion
to
detail
and
student satisfac-tion.
The
office will follow up
on
the
completeness and satisfac-tion level of students for all out-standing work orders. We fullyexpect
tneie
to be a few occa-sional problems. But the Officeof Residence
Life
is
committed
to
quickly resolving these issues asthey arise," he said.According to a memo sent outfrom Moore, datedJan.24,re-
garding
housing maintenance
re-
quests, there will be several pro-cedural changes for resident life
and
maintenance personnel to
correct problems
as they apse.Residents who observe prob-lems are to report them to theirFLA.
who
will submit
a
work re-quest
to
the Office of ResidenceLife. An envelope for work re-quests will be placed outside thedoor when the ofGce is closed,
«
\
Moore said. Every morning, theResident Life Staff will input therequest into a data base and thehousing maintenance departmentwill assign the work request
to
atechnician for immediate correc-tion.fc Moore said
that
he expects that,
under
most circumstances,
all
newwork requests will be completedwithin
a
48 hour
time
 frame
 dur-ing the Monday through Fridaywork week. Work requests thatrequire ordering
parts
and/or out-side contractors may
take
longerthan two
days,and
students willbe advised of an anticipatedcompletion date. The OfGce ofResidence Life will then callresidents at the time that the jobwas to have been completed toconfirm the
quality
of servicesrendered.According
to
the memo, emer-
gencies'such
as fires, flooding,electrical hazards or unsecuredlocks may be reported to RAs ormay receive emergency assistanceby calling 824-2334 during nor-
ma
business hours. During non-business hours, you may contactthe 1LA. on duty, call 824-2304(Security Department) or 824-2439 (Baldwin
Front
Desk). Themaintenance team will evaluateBy Melissa Lang
Contributing Writer
OB
Monday, Jan. 27, the
Mercy hurst
Student Governmentheld its weekly meeting in theUnion*SAC Chairperson Brian
Marshall announced that he band
iked
.Mil
III
•_•:•.
Brownie Mary
has
been bfor
the
Big
Band
concert in April.Drug and Alcohol Committee
member Brian
Ash
was
happy toreport
that
a spotlight
wu
installedbeside the
 flagpole
or continuousillumination
of
the
 flag.
 Mr. Tom
BiUingsley
will be looking intopurchasing a bigger flag
due
toplaints
about
the
flag size.
MSO
Advisor Cass Shimek
re-
minded all
itps
that
there
will
be
an RA mixer
on Sunday, Feb. 1, in
the Great Room of the Union
from
7-8
pjn.
The
mixer
will
give stu-dents information about becom-
inganRA.
;
|
President Stacey
Fitzpatrkk
willbe meeting with Mr. BiUingsleyand
other
administrators to dis-
•ill I
* * *•
cuss problems
with
snowmaintenance
and
building
aj
aibitity.
Fitzpatrkk
will
report atnext week's meeting.the situation and respond in amanner commensurate with the
*HI
ergency.
^
With these changes^lieves
that
his
office
will "have
a
more direct access, m terms ofcompleteness in trying to getthings
done in a
more
imely
 man-ner.** Moore
also
emphasized
the
importance of residents inform-
ing his
office
about
the
quality ofthe work rendered. In return,
Moore stressed
the fact that mostof
the
past problems were causedwhen there
was a lack
of commu-
nication
between the office andstudents
regarding]follow-up
measures and the anticipatedcompletion date. Moore said
that
with the cooperation of both the
students
and the
different depart-ments, they
can
make great stride!in
the
right
d
irection.Tyrone Moore. Photo
Credit:
Aaron Connell
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PAGE
3
THE
MERCIADJanuary
30,1997
Campus News
Early Morning Townhouse Fire
By John Murphy
Editor in chief
On
Monday
morningJan.27,around 5:30 a.m.,
senior NilesMagnuson woke
up coughing
in ismoke-filled loom
in townhouseeight Magnuson said
his
eyeswoe
burning
 from
he smoke ashe tried
unsuccessfully
In locatethe fire.Realizing his roommates werein
obvious da
nger,
Magnuson
pro-
ceeded to evacuate everyonewhile his roommate, sophomoreWalter
Szpack,
called the Erie
Fire Department Senior RA
KatieBurke
was notified,and
graduallythe situation was brought undercontrol. However, the Incident didhighlight
a
couple of
serious
is-
sues related to the safety of the
student
residence.Since
an
oven
 fire
 back
in
No-
vember of1996,the residents hadbeen left without a fire extin-guisher. Although the students,and
the
ir RA, reported the inci-dent to security, the fire extin-guisher was
not
replaced until theFriday before the
 fire,
 almost twomonths later.nThc immediate cause ofMonday's fire was
clogged-up
filters in the house's furnace
hi
the basement The fire depart-ment
guys said the
uncleaned fil-ters
were a fire
hazard," Magnusonsaid. They
said
the fire could
have been
prevented if the filters
had
been cleaned."Furthermore, despite
Monda y
'afire which resulted in a lot of
smoke
throughout the apartment,neither of
the
two smoke detec-tors went off. According toluson,
they had
been checked
itteries
and these appearedworking, but the problemhat the detectors were
lust
The Honors Program is
still
accepting
al 1
Academic
very old.However, despite all the prob-lems with Monday's incident;there
was a
bright side according
to
senior resident Jason Van
Tas-
sel.
"I
would have to say thatmaintenance and
housing
re-sponded to the situation veryquickly. By late Monday after-noon
everything was
pretty muchcleared
up,"
he
said.
-.Magnuson was
relieved the
in-
cident
was over.
"I'm glad I
woke
up when I
did. The smoke mighthave caused some serious dam-age. Hopefully the other
townhouses don't
have cloggedup furnaces.
I'd
hate
for anythinglike this to happen to them," he
said.
Campus Ministry
Plans Myrtle
Beach
TiTpforSpringBreak
By
Chris Wloch
News Editor '•
«Hll
Cdtix^onproposalsandwindosountilmicl-February.
Proposal
forms
are located on the
bulletin
board
acrossfrom
Preston 221 Please contact
Dr.
Brown at 2356
or
Michelle Mizia at 2896 with any
questions.
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i
Over
spring
break during thefirst week of March, 15 students
w
will
be traveling to Myrtle Beach,S.C. to help build andhouses as a part of Habitat forHumanity. According to Campus
Minister Michelle Garvey,thebus
will leave on Saturday morning,March
1,
and return Sundayevening,
March
9.The
trip
costs
$185
per person,spending money not included. Of
the
cost,
$150 is given to the
orga-nization to provide for buildingsupplies. The remaining
$35
will
be used
for insurance
and
the three
meals a day
in Myrtle Beach. Allmeals while
in
travel will be thestudent's responsibility, Garveysaid. A $35 deposit is due in toCampus Ministry by Friday,
Feb.
31.
-
n a
In order to raise money
for the
trip,
students
are
selling Pulakoscandy bars for $1 each. Every
dollar raised
above $185
will
be
placed in
the general fund for the
trip,
Garveysaid.*'Core," cont'd from p. 1According
to
Dr.
Joseph
Gower,academic dean, the Colloquy and
Writing
Task
Forces are
expectedto reveal their
 findings
 within thenext two weeks. The third taskforce,
die
Procedural, is currently
at work on the logistics
of imple-mentation. The
results
of
die three
committees will then be sent viathe Steering Committee
to
the con-stituencies.
Gower
aaid he hopes
that it can
be implemented
 for
heincoming freshers, but said that,
"if
it is not ready, we will not
rush."
*
I
Over the course of the follow-ing weeks, the
"working
docu-ment" will continue
to be
exam-ined as the task forces complete
their
reports.
ce
Skating Hours
for
the
erovhuist
Community
Mbnr7i30-8:45pjn.[Wed
8-
9:15
pjn.Jj
Fri:
6:15-7:45
p
so.
Sat
3:45-5:15
pjn.Sun: 12:45-l:45p.m.
T
New*
Computer System
to
be Installed in Offices
By Dun Hilflker
Senior Writer
In the name of
progress
and better service to the
Mercy
hurststudent community, the coDege has decided to implement a newadministrative computer software system that will make it mucheasier
on the
student when registering
for classes and
payingbills.This new computer system is called Dtutel, and
will
serve to
bring the
offices of Student Accounts, Admissions, the Registrar,and eventually Financial
Aid
into closer communication
with
oneanother to better serve students' needs.
••A
few
years ago we had to make a decision as
to whether
we
weregoing to
update the
old system,
or go with a new
one. A feasibility
study was
conducted
and on the basis of that we decided to go withtbeDatatel
package,"
said Registrar Bonnie
Hall.
The decision was
made after
the lea lizatio n that
the college was growing too large for
the old system to meet the
school's needs.
When students
register
 for
heir classes, they
will be able to get
a
copy of their
biD,
their class schedulc,and
eventually their financialaid information
aD
in one form.
-
It
iM
like
one-stop
shopping,"Assistant Academic Dean
Pat Whalen
said.
r ^
Not all of the offices using this
program
will be on it st
once. Eachoffice will enter the system at a different point during the year,adding their respective information
to the
program.
"We sre ss ready as we can be to service the student body st this
point,
but
f
there
are problems
with thisat
registration,
welopc
thatthe students
wffl
understand. We
don't
foresee
any
problems, but
to*
never know
what unexpected
snags
might
contend Hall
said.
PUTTINGTHE PIECESTOGETHER
INTERCOLLEGIATECONFERENCE; DAY
1997
Our Lady of the Lake Newman
Center,
Edinboro
Saturday, February 15,1997
Come and
join
students from campuses across
the
Diocese
of
Erie
for theintercollegiate Conference Day.
We'll begin the day
with prayer
and the opportunity
to
get to know some of the other people
there.
The KeynoteSpeaker
will
inform and entertain
us
and then
we will haw
the chance
to
discuss
the
ideas
hepresents.After a
lunch filled
with almost too many
choices
and
some
song,
we'll
take
part in
workshops designed
by
and
for
college
students.
Bishop Trautman will join us and the Our
lady
of the LakeCommunity for Sunday
Liturgy*
tThe cost
for
the
day,
the
lunch,
and a
really
great
tshirt is $5.00.
Make surethat you contact your Campus Minister soon and
register.
We need to knowwho
is
coming by February
10.
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YOU
THERE!
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