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More than 500 students vote in MSG elections
Above: MSG President for1997-98,: Kevin Segedi:At Left:
The-unchallenged
incumbant, Vice PresidentThomas BenderBelow:
New
MSG Secretary
Emilio Co lalaco
vo (left) andTreasurer RyanKennis.
«
By Alissa
Minner
Contributing Writer
All the tallies
axe
in. The
stu-
dents have spoken. The newly
elected Student
Government Of-
IHt
are:
President Kevin Segedi,Vice President Tom Bender,
Sec-
retary Emilio Colaiacovo andTreasurer
Ryan
Kermis. The
elec-
tion
results
show that at lea st
500students
voted
in
the
election thisyear.
Although
there were
a
few
stu-
dents who
didn't
vote becausethey
didn't
know
the
people whowere
running
and
said
that they'dnever heard of MSG before, sev-eral others had comments on theelectionhere at
rocessi
Mercyhurst
Senior Sha nan
Lewis
said
she voted because she wantsto
see
that there are some
changesmade around here. "In politicssome people say what
they
want
to
say
just
to get
votes,
so I
voted
for
the people
who
I thought would
carry out
the students
9
requests tothe fullest extent," she said.Students also made some sug-gestions about what needs to bechanged on campus. FreshmenKatie Thomas and MichellePesoylar
both ^ agree
that thereneeds
to
be
1
lot of changes withthe cafeteria such as better food
and
longer
hours.
Freshman Joel Kurtz
said,"the
housing department
needs
to
geton
the ball
about
getting
the
hous-
ing
contracts
out
because
it reallyBlessed around
With
our sched-
ules."
There
was
one
student
on
cam*
pus
for
whom
the
voting
was
nottaken for {granted. FreshmanAmitavo Roy said that he does
not
have
the luxury of being ableto
vote in
any governmental elec-tion
here
in the United
States
be-cause he is not
a
citizen and has
not
been
home
to
India
to
vote
infour
years.
The
MSG election washis only chance to vote
and
he
took advanta ge
of his right
to
helpmake decisions here on campus.President Kevin Segedi
said"thank
you"
to all the studentswho voted
for him and
to every-one who helped his campaign. He
said
he
is going
to
do
the
best he
can to
serve
the
students.
*
Segedi said he has
"some
bigshoes to Gil" following the cur-rent MSG President Stacey
Fitzpatrick.
Some of
the
changesthat Kevin wants to implementinclude ensuring that
a
full-timecounselor is available to the stu-dents and that more athletic
fa-
cilities areopened.Segedi wouldalso
like^to
make the
students
more aware of what MSG is do-
*va
ing for
them and
who
their repre-sentatives are.Fitzpatrick extended her
con-
gratulations
to the
newly elected
MSG
officers.
"My time
as
presi-dent has gone by so quickly.
Ithas
truly been
a
learning experience
and
I wish Kevin
and
the
lest
ofthe executive board much luckand happiness next year," she said.
Tom
Bender said he was ex-cited
and
pleased
that
he
was
re-
elected to the position of vicepresident
and
that he will
main-
tain the quality work he has ex-hibited
this
year.
High
on his
listof priorities is to examinine,
is-
sues
of
sexual harassment
on this
iforUble
t
I
tun
campus
to
provide
a
learning atmosphere for the
stu-dents.
Like Segedi, Bender saidthat he also wants there to bemore counseling Services avail-
able
for students.
I.1K
Additionally, Bender said that
he
has
already begun
work on
theMSG Lecture Series
Cor
next year.Any students with ideas or sug-gestions
for
speakers
are encour-aged to contact Bender
at
exten-
sion 2428.
9
:
)
Ryan
Kermis
said
that
he wassurprised
to
have been
chosen asMSG Treasurer.
"I
fed it is anhonor
to have been
elected
to
thisition
at Mercyhurst I thinkit's a very sound organization.
Basically
I hope to maintain it
and
hopefully
get
a
betterreputa-tion with the students at theschool."Newly elected MSG secretary
Emilio
Colaiacovo
expressed
hisappreciation to the student bodyfor
placing
their trust
in
him.
It's
f>
going
to be
challenging,
yet a
lot
)•
of
fun,
and
hopefully, rewarding.
11
want to be an instrument that
I
students can use to
voice
theirconcerns. We'll
have a good
teamnext year that's going to make
a
difference
and
will
have
a vestedinterest in making sure that ev-erything
mat can be done will
bedone."Colaiacovo related
that
it
seems
aa
though
his new
position Is
tak-
ing effect immediately.
The
dayafter the election, a student
ap-
proached him
about several
of
he
problems
in
the weight
room that
need
to
be fixed.
The one point which
Colaiacovoemphasized is that be will main-tain an
"open
door*policy" forstudents. "If anyone
baa
impor-tant issues that need to be
ad-
dressed,
they
can
come
to me and
I'll take them to the executive
boa
rd" he
said.
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Torr iero (
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iacovo
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Polk
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PAGE
2
THE
MERCIADApril
10,1997
History Department Enhances Reputation at Conference
By Chris Wloch
News Editor
Last
Saturday,
April
5,
studentsand* faculty members from
Mercyhurst's
history department
attended
the
Western Penns
ylva-nia Regional
Conference
atEdinboro University sponsored byPhi Alpha
The
ta,
the
InternationalHistory Honor Society.
k
During the
seven-hour
long con-ference, twenty students presentedresearch topics related to early
modem
European
history,
earlyPenn-
:v
American history and
syrvania
history. The event at-tracted participants from several
schools'including
Washington
and
Jefferson,
Saint
Vincent
and
the University of Pittsburgh.Senior history majors MartyMcDonough and John Murphycontributed to the growing repu-tation of
Meicyhurst'a history
program by presenting researchfrom
their
senior theses, focusingon aspects of local history.
**1Both
of these students' research
MZ*
M*M
was the culmination of a yearlong senior
h istory
thesis
pn
which is under the direction ofdepartment head, Dick Kubiak.The
thesis Is aimed at
giving thestudent an exact idea of what aprofessional historian experi-ences,
 from
he
conception of theproject
to
completing mostly pri-
mary
research,
to
writing
severaldrafts to
 finalize
 a paper of publi-
cation
standard. It is
designed
so
that
the students
will gra duate
with
a
publication
under
their belts and
also
having presented
their
work
ats scholarly
conference,"Kubiaksaid. .. .-
-f
-
'
V
McDonough'sipaper,
"ErieLabor's Entry Into
Politic*,"dis-cussed the tumultuous events experienced by local labor unionsthroughout the first decades ofthe 20th century. His presenta-
tion
evoked several questionsfrom the crowd.
"I
was undersome pressure up there but mydeep knowledge of
the
topic en-
abled
me to handle all the ques-tions," said a confidentMcDonough.
| *
Following in the footsteps ofPaul Roth, who received
irstpl
 acelast year, Murphy
took home
an
award for
the outstanding presen-tation
on
local history. His paper
was entitled "United
Oil:
A
Pro-to ileof an American Business." It
traces
the history
ofan Erie
petro-flleum
industry
and the familywhich founded it during the early1900s.
f
' «
Left
to
right:
John
Murphy, Mr.
Richard
Kubiak,
Marty
M
quality of
he
history
department,
Kubiak was enthusiastic
"We
have been developing our pro-
gram
for the
last
27
years
and
ourstudents have continued toachieve significant degrees ofexcellence.
This was only our
sec-
Tbis
project
has
meant
a
lot of
lard work
and
several
headaches,all inflicted by Kubiak, but theconference made me appreciate
its
value
and
of course,
111 take
anaward
any
day,"
Murphy
said.Commenting on the overall
~ond
year attending this confer*ence
and each
time
we have
won
an
award. I have
had
professorsfrom other schools come up to
me
and
compliment
our program.
They've
said Mercyhurst
baa
a
history program to
be
proud
of."
MSG News: Billingsley meets
with
reps
By Melissa
Lang
Merciad Writer
porting to President Stacey
Fitznatrick
in the future.On Monday, April 7, the
Mercyhurst Student
Governmentheld its weekly meeting upstairs
in
the Union.**Mr. Thomas Billingsley at-tended Monday's
meeting
to re-view problems presented to himby the executive board. Some ofthe problems
th a
tare being looked
into
focus
on
the
Rec
center.
A
50pound dumbbell has been addedand
a
5
pound
dumbbell is on itsway. The problems
with
dirt onthe floor are also being lookedinto.Billingsley also took sugges-tions
rom
 reps concerning picnictables and benches being added
tD
the
grounds by
the
townhousesand in the quads of
Briggs
Ave.The question of
getting
appro-priate facilities for sports teams
was
also discussed and thesta-dium is being fixed so
that other
sports
teams
will be able to usethe facility. Billingsley is lookinginto
suiuzestions
and.will.bere-Brian Marshall, SAC chsirper-son, reminded
reps that
this
week-
end Spring
Fun
Fest
will be heldall
students interested
are encour-aged
to
attend.
Marshall wfll
alsobe accepting Senior Week
T-shirt
designs
until
April
21 in the
SACoffice.
m
j
Vice President Tom Bender re-This Sunday, April 13, the SeniorSocial Work Class is sponsoringthe "Stand for Children Rally"
at
Perry Square from
*
12 -4 pan.Among the featured speakers isMercyhurst football coach Joe
Kimba
11.
For
more information,
cal
1Lemuel
Graham
at
453-5100.
Young
Artists
'
Competition
By Chris Wloch
News Editor
#*
minded
all
reps that
letters of
in-
tent
for MSG reps and
SAC chair-person will be due in
the
MSGoffice. 1President
Stacey Fitzpatrick
in-formed the
reps
that $1,073.50was collected
foe
the AmericanCancer Society as a result of
the
efforts of the
tundra
ising com-mittee
and the
student body. The
tundra
ising committee extends Itsthanks.On a aide note, the Senate's
Campus
Life will be bringing its,Counseling Service proposal tothe
Senate
on
Thursday,
April 17at 3 p.m. in the Student Govern-ment Chambers. J
Alpha Phi Omega,
the
national
ser-
vice
raternity
 will be accepting
newpledges at an
ice-cream
social
on
April 15 in Sullivan Hall
at
6 p.m.
The
United Way Day of
Caring will
be held on
Saturday,
April
19,whichis also Earth Day. Various volun-teer opportunities are available.
Contact Michcle Garvev atext
2430This year, Walk America will
take
place on
Sunday,
April
27at Presque
Isle State Park. Registration andinformation tables for the Mercy-hurst
Team will
be on
display
in
theUnion during
the next
two Wednes-
day
afternoons,
April
16
&
23.
Like
last year, students who register byApril 21 with at least $10 in dona-tions will receive
a
free
T-shirt
Over the next few days, 46
musicians from more than
a
dozen
countries will be performing atMercyhurst during the
21st
An-
nus
1 D'Angelo Young ArtistCompetition held in the MaryD'Angelo Performing
Arts
Cen-
ter
on Thursday, Friday and Sat-urday, April 10-12.This
year
the
competition is
instrings for Viol is
ts,
viol
inists, and
cellists
who are
between
the
agesof 18 and
3a With
a
total of
121
applications received, this year'scompetition boasts the largestnumber of applicants in the his-tory of the strings competition.The monetary
prizes j
to beawarded
arc*$10,000
for firstplace,
$5,000
for second and
$3,000
for third.Sam
Rotma
a, executive direc-tor of
the
comoetition. said that
the
most exciting
part
of the con-test
la having some
of the world' sgreatest string players atMercyhurst
 for
 a couple of days.
Tt'a always
a
delight
to
see
the
fruit
of your labors enable tal-ented musicians
to
share
their artwith an appreciative audience.This is the primary goal of thecompetition,
9
he said.The preliminary
and
semi-final
rounds are free and open to thepublic.
The preliminary round
willbe
 from
 10 a.m. until
10 pan.
onThursday and 10 a.m. to 1 pjn.
the
following
day.
On Friday, the
semi-finals will be
held
from
3 to5 p.m. and
 from
 7
to
10 p.m.
At 7
pan. on Saturday,
April
12,the three finalists will performtheir concertos
with
the D'AngeloCompetition
Orchestra conducted
by Frank Collura. Reservations
are
required.
For
tickets, call ex-tension
m
Get on the
SPAM (Student Philosophers at
Mercy hurst) Wll^esent
This Sunday, Aprilrecentfilm
 Trainspotting
in
Mw<208
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April
10,1997THEMERCIADPAGE
3
Archaeology Students Invade Nashville
ByM.EJMke
Merciad Writer
i Last week, a troop of 18
stu-
dents from
the
1
department ofAnthropology/ Archaeology at
Mercyhurst
College invadedNashville to attend the Societyfor American
Archa
eology (SAA)meetings held there
at;theOpryland
Hotel from April 3-6.The SAA meetings are heldannually at various cities acrossthe nation on either side of theMississippi River.
It is a
place forAmerican archaeologists of boththe southern and northern conti-nents to meet each other, discussanthropological theories andpresent their work
to the
remain-der of the
arena eolog ical
commu-nity.People interested
in
the
fieldof archaeology
were
also invited
to
bring
in
their resumes
in
orderto find an eligible position withone of the meeting's attendants.Members of all
 four
 classes at
tffeaf"
Mercyhurst composed the crewwho volunteered
their services
at
the conference in order to evadethe registration fees. Volunteerpositions included paper distri-bution, registration, exhibit atten-dants and session attendants,
po-
sitions that required students toassist speakers in four hour ses-sions. Each speaker
had
10 to
20minutes of presentations, so dur-
ing
each session there could be up
to
24 different talks.The meetings
at the
conventionimpressed the students
In
attendance. All of the studentsvoiced gratitude
and
awe
 for
hechance to attend and participate
in this
prestigious a flair. Junior
Dave
Roth expressed his satisfac-tion with the overall event,
Itwas nice to
be
involved
and
meet
all
of the established big shots ofthe field.
They were full
of infor-
mation
and seemed interested in
our
thoughts.*
<
JFreshman
Stephanie Snyder
agreed The
meetings were intel-lectually stimulating/* she said.Preparations for the sojournbegan a tew weeks
ocioic-Uie
actual.trip. The Anthropology
Club
in conjunction
with
thePrometheus Club, held -a joint
week-
long bake sale that wasable to earn most of the fundsneeded. The response of
the
col-lege was great," said bake saleorganizer Nicole Brannan. "Ev-eryone
was,
feaM^suppbftive.^'According to junior JeffDlingsworth, anthropology dubpresident,
bom dubs
are indebtedextremely
to
Mrs.
Sinnott, motherof sophomore Headier Sinnott,for her immense contribution to
me
sale.Two weeks ago,
niingsworth
requested money to cover fuelexpenses
rom^MSG.
 The deci-sion was overwhelmingly ap-proved, with only two represen-tatives voting against the motion.College President
Dr.
William P.
Garvey and Dean of Finanee
Tho-
mas Billingsley were also
sup-
portive
of
the venture, going aboveand beyond the call of duty inorder
to
ensure
transportation forthe trip.As volunteers, the Mercyhurststudents were able to meet andconverse with many of the ar-chaeologists who are referred toin their dasses as well as thosewho write their textbooks. Sopho-more Allison Byrnes said, "Al-most everyone we hear
and
readso much about was there, andthey all seemed enthusiastic aboutmeeting
us."
#
\
I
The
Opry
and Hotel, a hugecomplex of multiple wings
hous-
ing large indoor gardens and ahost of shops, bars and recre-ational facilities, devoted
three
floors of
one
of its wings to
die
SAA meetings.
Literally
hundredsof archaeologists, students and
other
interested
persona
attendedto hear and
sec
the works pre-sented and to mingle with thespeakers. Pennsylvania Congress-
man
Phil
English was
on
hand
togive i apeech about
Uhe
government's
role in
and intendedactions for archaeology in
the
futurc,a speech which stole
tne
attention of the archaeologicalcommunity* Mercyhurst faculty
who
attended the meetings andgave presentations of their own
indude
Dr.
J.
M.
Adovas
k>
Judy
Thomas
and Dr
Dave Hyland.Next year,
the
SAA committee
Intends
to
hold
the
annual
meet-ing in Seattle, Wash. Plana arealready in the works to ensurethat Mercyhurst
has
a good rep*
rest n tat
on
at
those
meetings. Asundergraduates, students here Inthe
Archaeological
Institute aregiven the unique opportunity tobecome involved
in
their
chosenArchaeology
students pose in the basement of
Zurn.
Front
row:
(1 to r) Mary
Pike,
Jessie
Kramer,
Stephanie
Snyder
Heather
Sinnott, Emily LaCrolx.
Second
row:
Fred
Lumb,
j
Allison Byrnes, Nicole Brannan,
Meredith Peterson
Back:
Rkh Davis,
Joe
Z.U-Rydd,
Fred
Mayhew, JonNeel,
Dave
Roth,
Jeff
Illmgsworth.PhotoCredit:
Dr
Adovasfto
Odd like no other students oftheir age in any college in thisBy
Jennifer Ryan
|
Contributing Writer
The
Carolyn
Herrmann StudentUnion waa the site of the fifthannual Ambassador Spring Teaheld
on
March
23 at
1
p.m. Dur-ing the ceremony, the dub in-ducted
15
new members.
The
new
reshmen
 members are
Brian Carey, Ryan Hug, LauraHumphrey,
Travis
Lindahl, JohnMangini, Autumn McClurg, andJennifer Ross. New sophomore
ambassadors
indude Greg Bruno,BrianMcCarthy,Meghan Zona
and Chad
Villella.
Juniors
MardaParrell, Kathleen Hudak, Erin
LI oy
d
a
nd
Karen
Petho
Were
alsoinducted.
1 look).forward
to being anambassador because it will giveme a chance to hdp out peoplewho might be apprehensive abouttheir college derisions," said
jun-
ior inductee, Parrell. The newmembers received their greenjackets along with yellow roses,symbolizing
the ir new
beginningsas Ambassadors,TteCflepMy,
^Ispconuneiiio^j
rated the
 fifth
 anniversary of
the
Ambassador Club, which wasestablished
in
1992.
The dub
in-
vited back
all the
alumni
bdong-ing to the previous classes andplans to have this reunion cel-ebration every five years. Underthe leadership of advisor MichaelFuhrman,
the
dub has grown
sig-nificantly.
Next year it will
be
31strong. The new members camethrough the pledge process froma beginning
dass
of about
60
stu-
dents this year.In
addition,*the
club said
goodbye
to 16
senior
members
of
die
dub, who
leave
a
legacy
be-
hind for all Ambassadors
to
liveby
for many years
to
come. Eachgraduating senior received
two
wine glasses
and a
bottle of winebearing
the
Mercyhurst
logo.
Senior
Marls
Nicolo com-mented on
the
entire
Ambassadorexperience.
"Standing at
the cer-emony made
me
think of my fresh-man year
and
reminded me thatthe dub has come a long wayfrom the beginning. It made meproud
to
be
a
part of
the
Ambas-
sador
Club."
The senior
members
have dem-onstrated the
leadership skil Is tha
tall Ambassadors should possess.They leave behind an Ambassa-dor Constitution which containsthe elements
ofhow
to become an
Ambassador
and the
duties
of allthe officers
in
the dub. Also leftbehind is the Ambassador song,
"True
and
Proud,"
written
by
se-niors Joyce
O'Hara
and RonRambally, and junior KarenMilinovich.Also
announced
at the
tea wasthe Outstanding AmbassadorAward which
went to M
ilinovichfor displaying exceptional lead-ership skills and wholehearteddedication to
die
dub. The newofficers of the Ambassador
Club
for next fall are president KellyOurney, vice-president Becky
Wittmann
and
Secretary JenniferRyan.
if
At
the conclusion of the cer-emony, Fuhrman announced hewas stepping down after
 five
 yearsas advisor
of
he Ambassador
Q
uband handed the reigns over toMatthew
Whelan
who will serve
aslhe^htw >a AVfior next
yoar.
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